Police think missing mum Nicola Bulley fell into River Wyre as search continues

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    A senior police officer has shared the force's leading suspicion in the hunt for missing mum Nicola Bulley.

    Superintendent Sally Riley explained: "Our main working hypothesis is that Nicola has sadly fallen into the river, that there was no third party or criminal involvement and that this was not suspicious but a tragic case of a missing person."

    Nicola, 45, was last seen walking her dog Willow near the River Wyre. Police were alerted to the situation when Willow was later found running free.

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    Further investigation found Nicola's phone on a bench still connected to a work call.

    From Inskip, Lancashire she was last seen on Friday (January 27) at 9:15am.

    Nicola's boyfriend, Paul Ansell, has since spoken out about the disappearance of his partner.

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    Standing where the mortgage advisor was last seen he said: "It just seems absolutely impossible. Like a dream. I cannot get my head around it. Right now it's like she's vanished into thin air, it's insane."

    He added: "My whole focus is my two girls, just staying as strong as I can for them.

    "I'm scared that if I put focus into anything else it's going to take my focus off that. Just hoping to goodness that anything comes out from the interview yesterday no matter how tiny."

    He has thanked the community for its support for both him and his two children, but said: "I just can't believe we're a week on and it seems like we're no further on."

    Nicola's father Ernest, 73, has said that his daughter was happy, enjoyed her job and didn't have any medical issues.

    Speaking to Sky News, former police detective for Greater Manchester Police Howard Millington said the case was very unusual.

    "It will have been quickly escalated, I've no doubt. Lancashire Police have spared no expense in resourcing this properly," he said.

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