Police divers have been seen searching the the Irish Sea as the investigation into missing mum Nicola Bulley continues.
As the search for the missing 45-year-old reaches the end of its second week police divers have extended the search zone from the River Wyre, close to where Nicola was last seen on January 27, downstream towards Fleetwood. And today the teams have been seen scouring the sea as they investigate the possibility that Nicola has been washed out to Morecambe Bay.
As well as the team from Lancashire Constabulary an RNLI lifeboat has also been seen sweeping the coastline. The latest development comes after underwater search expert Peter Faulding left the area having spent three days scouring the riverbed.
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Nicola vanished on January 27 after dropping her two daughters – aged six and nine – at school, then taking her springer spaniel Willow for a walk along the river. Nicola’s phone was left on the bench near the river, still connected to a work call, with the dog lead and harness found close by.
Mr Faulding and his team, from rescue operation Specialist Group International (SGI), searched the area around the bench, the “entry point” where it is believed by police Nicola fell into the water. But he said their three-day involvement ended on Wednesday (February 8) after a “thorough and extensive search of the areas we were tasked with by Lancashire Police” found “no sign of Nicola”.
Superintendent Sally Riley, of Lancashire Police, described the search as “unprecedented”, with 40 detectives following 500 lines of inquiry, with thousands of pieces of information coming in from the public. Officers are also trying to trace dashcam footage from 700 drivers who went through the village on the morning Nicola disappeared.
Supt Riley has ruled out criminal or third-party involvement and on Tuesday reiterated the police’s belief that Nicola had fallen into the river, with her body still unrecovered and police treating the incident as a missing person inquiry.
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