Cops searching for Nicola Bulley ‘attempting to track down tatty red van’

Police searching for missing mum Nicola Bulley are reportedly attempting to track down a ‘tatty looking red van’ parked near where she disappeared.

Nicola went missing while walking her dog in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire, on 27 January.

The mum-of-two’s phone was found on a bench by the waterside. She had recently connected to a work call before getting disconnected, reports the Mirror.

Her dog Willow was later found running loose.

Police launched an extensive search of the area and said their “main working hypothesis” was that she fell in a river but a body has not yet been found.

It’s now been reported that a concerned resident spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle, believed to be a Renault, outside a barn in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire, on the same she went missing.

The witness contacted the police to report a suspicious “red van” parked in the village close to where Bulley went missing.

The 55-year-old witness, who had not been named, told the Times they saw the “tatty red van in Hall Lane outside a barn”.

“I didn’t think anything at the time, but when I saw Nicola had gone missing, I called 101 and spoke to an operator.

“I contacted the police again on Friday and spoke to a police officer. It could have been a Renault van.”

The St Michaels on Wyre resident said the vehicle was the “sort of van you can live in”.

Ms Bulley had dropped her two daughters, aged six and nine, off at school and then gone on her usual dog walk alongside the river before she disappeared.

The search operation to find Nicola has now moved to the sea, with police seen on Thursday combing Morecambe Bay.

Two boats with specialist police teams have been seen in the sea, moving upstream searching either side of the River Wyre.

Officers have reportedly confirmed they’re now concentrating on the mouth of the river, and believe that finding Ms Bulley “in the open sea becomes more of a possibility”.

A Lancashire Police statement read: “Our investigation into the disappearance of Nicola Bulley is continuing and we continue to search areas of the River Wyre and surrounding area.

“People may have seen less police activity today than previously in the area of the river above the weir but that is not because we have stepped down our searches, it is because the focus of the search has moved further downstream into the area of the river which becomes tidal and then out towards the sea.”

Superintendent Sally Riley of the Lancashire Constabulary has urged the public this week to avoid “distressing” speculation about what might have happened to Ms Bulley.

“We would ask that people in the wider community, particularly on social media and online, do not speculate as to what may have happened to Nicola,” she said

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