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Nicola Bulley mystery endures as police find no trace of her in river

By T.K. Randall
February 11, 2023 · Comment icon 102 comments

What happened to Nicola Bulley ? Image Credit: Lancashire Constabulary
The 45-year-old's mysterious disappearance remains a total enigma as it looks doubtful that she fell into the river.
Now entering its second week, the search for the missing woman remains ongoing with police officers and diving experts having so far failed to find a single piece of evidence to explain her disappearance.

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.

Police officers had initially suggested that she had fallen in the river, but now a renewed search of the water by an expert diving team has found absolutely no trace of her whatsoever.
The search has now shifted further downstream to the bay where the river meets the sea.

Some experts have indicated that the river - being slow moving and relatively shallow - would be unlikely to have swept her all the way to the ocean and that if she had fallen in, she would have already been discovered.

"Extensive searching, you know, as you're probably aware, has gone on in that river," said Nicola's partner Paul Ansell.

"The fact that the divers and underwater rescue team and all that were in that river on the day, and thankfully found absolutely nothing, in the part where you would have to presume is her last known location."

"Personally, I am 100 per cent convinced it's not the river, that's my opinion."

Source: BBC News | Comments (102)

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Comment icon #93 Posted by jmccr8 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 can’t 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 can’t help and refer you to someone else so I don’t 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 ... [More]
Comment icon #98 Posted by Cookie Monster 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
And in the U.S. as well. 
Comment icon #101 Posted by Cookie Monster 1 year ago
They don`t take drinking water from it.
Comment icon #102 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
Nicola Bulley died as a result of drowning and was alive when she fell into the water, an inquest has heard. The inquest into Ms Bulley’s death began today (26 June) at County Hall in Preston. Giving evidence, Home Office pathologist Dr Alison Armour said watery fluid and fragments of dirt found inside Ms Bulley’s body were ‘typical features we see in cases of drowning’. She added that Ms Bulley was alive when she entered the water and that there was ‘no evidence’ she was harmed. The inquest into her death is expected to last two days. [More]

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