A fresh Nicola Bulley lead has emerged as police search for a “tatty red van” seen on the same day the missing mum-of-two disappeared. A worried resident spotted a suspicious looking vehicle close to where the dog walker vanished in St Michael’s on Wyre two weeks ago.
The 55-year-old, who did not want to be named, reported it to cops on the day she disappeared and again on February 2, according to The Times. She told the paper: “I was on my way to the cake shop when I saw a 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 and spoke to a police officer.
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“It could have been a Renault van. It was the sort of van you can live in.” Lancashire Police told the outlet: “We have received a huge amount of information into the enquiry, all of which is being looked at, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has assisted our investigation so far.”
It comes as the search for missing Nicola moved 20 miles to the sea. Nearly two weeks on from her disappearance, two boats with specialist police teams have been seen in the sea.
They were then spotted moving upstream searching either side of the River Wyre. The 45-year-old went missing while walking her dog in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire, on 27 January.
A Lancashire Police statement read: “Our investigation to 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.”