Nicola Bulley disappearance: Police release photo of ‘key witness’

– January 27

The 45-year-old dropped her daughters, aged six and nine, off at school in the morning before walking her dog, Willow, at St Michael’s in Wyre, Lancashire.

Lancashire Police said the mortgage adviser, from nearby Inskip, was walking on a footpath beside the River Wyre just before 9am.

She was seen by a dog walker who knew her at around 8.50am. and their pets interacted briefly before going their separate ways, according to the force.

At 8.53am, Ms Bulley sent an email to her boss, before joining a Microsoft Teams call at 9.01am.

She was seen by a second witness at 9.10am, the last known sighting.

By 9.30am, Ms Bulley’s teams call had ended but her phone remained connected to the call.

About five minutes later, another dog walker found her phone on a bench by the river, with Willow running between the two.

At 10.50am, Mrs Bulley’s family and the school where her children attended were informed of her disappearance.

Lancashire Police launched an inquiry into Ms Bulley’s whereabouts on the same day and appealed for witnesses to contact them.

– January 28

Lancashire Police deployed drones, helicopters and police sniffer dogs as part of its major missing persons operation.

They were assisted by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, as well as the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and the North West Underwater Search Team.

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– January 29

Local residents held a meeting at the village hall to organize an inquest into Mrs Bulley at 10.30am on Sunday morning, The Mirror reports, and around 100 people attended the inquest.

Police urged volunteers to be careful, describing the river and its banks as “extremely dangerous” and saying that activity in these areas presented a “real risk to the public”.

– January 30

Inspector Sally Riley from Lancashire Constabulary said police were “really keeping an open mind about what could have happened” and were not treating Ms Bulley’s disappearance as suspicious.

– January 31

Lancashire Constabulary spoke to a potential witness, a man who was walking a small white fluffy dog ​​near the River Wyre at the time of Ms Bulley’s disappearance.

Her family released a statement saying they had been “overwhelmed by the support” in their community and that her daughters were “desperate to have their mummy back home safe”.

– February 1

Mrs Bulley’s parents, Ernest and Dot Bulley, spoke to The Mirror of their “terror” at the prospect of never seeing her again.

Her father told the newspaper: “We’re just scared to think we won’t see her again, if worst comes to worst and she’s never found, how are we going to deal with it for the rest of our lives.”

– February 2

Lancashire Constabulary spoke to a second witness who they had identified with the help of the public using CCTV, but told police they had no further information to assist their investigation.

Officers from North West Police’s underwater and marine support unit searched the area near where Ms Bulley’s mobile phone was found, while police divers searched the River Wyre.

Meanwhile, Ms Bulley’s family appealed to the public for help in locating her.

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Speaking to Sky News, her sister Louise Cunningham said: “There has to be someone who knows something and all we’re asking is, no matter how big or small, if you remember something that doesn’t seem right then please. contact the police.

‘Contact and get my sister back.’

Ms Bulley’s father said his family hoped their interview would “spark a light” that would lead to tracking her down.

– February 3

Lancashire Police said they were working on the possibility that Ms Bulley may have fallen into the River Wyre.

Ms Reilly urged against speculation but said it was “possible” a “problem” with Ms Bulley’s dog drove her to the water’s edge.

He urged the public to look out for clothes last worn by Mrs Bulley and provided an extensive list.

Friends of Mrs Bulley also shared heartfelt pleas in television interviews, including Emma White, who told the BBC that Mrs Bulley’s daughters kept asking where she was.

– February 4

Ms Bulley’s friend Emma White disputes the police theory that she fell into a river, telling Sky News it was based on “limited information”.

He said: “When we’re talking about a life we ​​can’t base it on a hypothesis, we definitely need that documentary evidence.

“This is what the family and all of us hold, who unfortunately are no further away than last Friday.”

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