The head diver in charge of the Nicola Bulley search has blown apart the police river theory – by claiming it is “near impossible” the missing mum-of-two is in the sea. The search shifted from the River Wyre to the sea as dinghies were spotted combing and scouring Morecambe Bay this week.
Peter Faulding had been brought in by police and the family to hunt for missing Nicola after she vanished on January 27. Peter offered his expertise to the family as they hunted for the mum, who disappeared while walking pet dog Willow, a spaniel, fresh from dropping her kids off at school half an hour previously.
Police are working under the hypothesis Nicola fell into the River Wyre. But Peter’s searches of the body of water, using sonar equipment, didn’t find a body – and he insists if a body was there to find, he would have discovered it with his hi-tech and ground-breaking equipment.
READ MORE: 7 bombshells from Nicola Bulley partner Paul Ansell TV interview – as he believes local is to blame
Faulding still maintains he believes it “near impossible” Nicola went out to sea, and he addressed the theory from cops in a new interview. Speaking to the MailOnline, he said: “Even in the unlikely event [her body] made it over the weir there are too many shallow areas. It would get jammed, and people would see [the body].”
He added: “There’s no way she would have gone out to sea.” Earlier this week, Mr Faulding addressed the search as it was ongoing in a series of interviews – with BBC Breakfast, BBC radio and also ITV Good Morning Britain, where he dialled in via video link to deliver his expertise.
During the interviews, he said he is “very surprised” that she has not been found in river searches. He told BBC radio: “The initial area where Nicola went in, where the bench is, the police thoroughly searched that the same day, and did it again days later.
“From all my experience, I would expect a body when it goes down and drowns, to go straight down to the bottom, and remain there until the body starts to decompose and then it will start moving.”