In a press briefing this afternoon (Friday 3rd February) Lancashire Police have said they are convinced missing mum Nicola Bulley has fallen into the River Wyre in a tragic accident. However, officers are yet to find her as they rigorously search the River Wyre towards the Irish Sea.
Lancashire Police’s Superintendent Sally Riley (pictured below) said that detectives are ‘as sure as we can be’ that the missing mother-of-two didn’t leave the riverbank in St Michael’s on Wyre and ‘this is not suspicious but a tragic case of a missing person’.
She said at the press conference: ‘We believe she remained in the riverside area. Our working hypothesis is that she has sadly fallen into the river for some reason. There is no evidence whatsoever that there is anything suspicious about her disappearance or any third-party involvement in her going missing. Speculation otherwise is distressing for Nicky’s family.’
She added, ‘We have not found Nicola – but our search continues. We are as sure as we can be that she didn’t leave the area. I don’t wish to speculate, in that we don’t know, but it is possible as the dog was loose and off the lead. There may have been an issue with the dog that led her to the water’s edge, she puts her phone down to go and deal with the dog momentarily, and Nicola may have fallen in. We assume the dog didn’t get into the river, but we don’t know why Nicola may have if she did.’
Superintendent Riley confirmed that ‘the dog was dry’ and Nicola could swim.