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UK gripped by mysterious disappearance of 45-year-old woman

By T.K. Randall
February 3, 2023 · Comment icon 101 comments

Nicola's whereabouts continue to remain a mystery. Image Credit: Lancashire Constabulary
Nicola Bulley vanished while walking her dog last Friday morning and police investigators have been unable to determine what happened.
The 45-year-old, who hails from Inskip in Lancashire, England, had dropped her children off at school on the morning of Friday, January 27th before heading out to take her dog for a walk.

She sent an e-mail to her boss at around 8:53am, then logged into a Microsoft Teams call at 9:01am which ended at 9:30am.

Concerns were quickly raised, however, when her phone was found abandoned on a bench near the River Wyre, still connected to the call. Her dog was also found running around unattended nearby.

Police officers promptly launched a full search of the area, but no further sign of her could be found.

Even now, a full week later, investigators are no closer to determining what might have happened to her.
"I just can't believe that we're a week on, and as yet, it seems we're no further on," said her partner Paul Ansell who has described her disappearance as "impossible to comprehend".

"It just seems absolutely impossible. It's like a dream, I can't get my head around any of it."

As things stand, investigators have found no evidence of foul play and are leaning towards the possibility that she may have somehow fallen into the river and was swept away.

A search of the river itself, however, has also failed to turn up any clues.

The search for answers continues.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (101)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #92 Posted by pellinore 27 days ago
It's a terribly sad case. I think the police failed to respond adequately when they were called to the home visit some time prior. I think they failed to refer her to other agencies for help. It would explain why they considered her vulnerable when she first went missing, and then clumsily disclosed personal details- trying to cover their mistake. The problem is, hindsight is a wonderful thing. People have to make a judgement call, they can't keep covering their asses by making referrals which might not be appropriate. It will all come out at the inquest.
Comment icon #93 Posted by jmccr8 27 days ago
Hi Pellinore She may have just fallen in by accident which will be part of the inquest. Most of your posts tends towards suicide or murder which is still inappropriate.
Comment icon #94 Posted by pellinore 27 days ago
Not true at all. All my posts have been direct quotes from other sources, except for one speculation of mine that I hoped she was still alive somewhere. Apart from my last of course, which is a perfectly normal and informed opinion. It is ridiculous to imply any speculation about suicide or murderer is "inappropriate"- we are not pre-school children.
Comment icon #95 Posted by jmccr8 27 days ago
Hi Pellinore Auto corrupt added an s to post and was not intended as all of your posts. Okay yes you can speculate but do have to wonder why you think the system failed her before hearing what is determined in the inquest. If she fell in then making accusations of how the system failed her is inappropriate, which is just my opinion.
Comment icon #96 Posted by pellinore 27 days ago
My job has always been involved with multi-agency referrals, that's why I wasn't being judgmental. I was just trying to throw some light on the situation. To suggest speculating whether a lone female is murdered (all to frequent), commits suicide, or "just falls into a river naturally" is not of interest or inappropriate is barmy. Any of the outcomes is important and of public interest.
Comment icon #97 Posted by jmccr8 27 days ago
Hi Pellinore I made a simple comment and my last post ended with it is my opinion which was not throwing down the glove in challenge. Personal experience with agency referrals is basically I canít help you but call this guy that guy and the other guy as they might be able to help you. Generally speaking each of them will tell you how they canít help and refer you to someone else so I donít bother looking for help and rather than letting a bunch of people waste my time jumping hoops go find a way to fix the problem myself. My time has a dollar value and wasting my time so they can earn a payche... [More]
Comment icon #98 Posted by Cookie Monster 26 days ago
Yes, correct. I liked your post, I never thought I would see the day!!! While we usually have opposite views on a lot of things I think a well done is in order. Well done!!
Comment icon #99 Posted by Crabby Kitten 19 days ago
On TV there's so many charity ads about helping kids in poverty stricken countries from drinking dirty water, but the same thing is happening in the UK now.†
Comment icon #100 Posted by Desertrat56 19 days ago
And in the U.S. as well.†
Comment icon #101 Posted by Cookie Monster 19 days ago
They don`t take drinking water from it.

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