What happened to Nicola Bulley? Latest theories explained | The Sun

ELEVEN days after Nicola Bulley vanished without a trace, investigators are no closer to finding the mum-of-two.

The 45-year-old was last seen on a dog walk along a towpath at around 9.15am on January 27, in St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire.

On Monday a specialist search and rescue team called Specialist Group International (SGI) deployed a £55,000 Sonar to scan the River Wyre for the the mortgage advisor.

The search, which began downstream in a tidal stretch of river, has now moved up to near a bench where Nicola's phone and dog harness were found.

Here, The Sun Online looks at all the theories about Nicola's disappearance.


SGI's CEO Peter Faulding has given mixed theories about Nicola, changing his mind throughout Monday and Tuesday's search.

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But he told BBC Breakfast today he thinks Nicola's phone – found on a bench after she went missing and still connected to a meeting – could be a "decoy" from a "third party".

He explained: “If Nicola is not in that stretch of river today my view is that there is a third party involved and this was a decoy placed by the river.

“It could have been placed as a decoy, there is not enough CCTV to cover particular areas here. The police are working hard in the background to cover everything.

“It’s so unusual, we’ve got no clear information to go on."

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Mr Faulding went on to claim that if cannot find the mum-of-two today, his "gut" feeling is there may be other reasons for her vanishing.

He previously told Sky News that "none of this rings right to me" and that it was "my belief is she’s not in the river at all".

He is leading a team from Specialist Group International (SGI), assisting divers from Lancashire Police.

The team, from Dorking, Surrey, are forensic experts responsible for assisting cops across the south east with underwater search operations.


Despite varying theories, police are still working on the hypothesis that Nicola "sadly" fell into the River Wyre.


Cops are confident, after reviewing CCTV, that Ms Bulley did not leave the field near the river via Rowanwater.

And she did not return from the fields along Allotment Lane or via the path at the rear of the Grapes pub onto Garstang Road.

The findings, aided by data from the mum-of-two's fitbit fitness watch, have led them to focus on a specific path.

The track from the fields, where she was last seen, to Garstang Road in St Michaels on Wyre, may hold vital clues.

Lancashire Constabulary are now appealing to drivers and cyclists to come forward who may have footage from the morning of January 27 when Nicola vanished.

"Every piece of footage helps us build up a picture of movements on that morning", the force said.

They will also be sending letters to travellers who they think may have been driving down Garstang Road that morning.

Only drivers with dashcam footage are asked to email [email protected] to let police know.


Monday's search for Nicola, 45, focused downstream on the tidal area of the River Wyre in Lancashire but Tuesday's search will take place further upstream.

The search area will include and go beyond the area where Nicola's belongings were found on a bench near Garstang Road, in St Michael's on Wyre.

It is a non-tidal area of the river.

Peter Faulding explained: "If Nicola is in the river, she could have even fallen further up, we don't know.

"The key focus has been around the bench area, we have got to rule out everything here.

"We can't just go for the bench, we have got to cover the whole stretch of river to make sure there is no untoward circumstances here."


Peter Faulding, a rescue expert of 20 years, said signs of drowning, lack of evidence at the scene and Nicola's clothing at the time suggest she may not be in the River Wyre.

Speaking to MailOnline, he said: "Normally when a person drowns, if they are left a number of days they don't move very far.

"This is not a fast tidal river. So I would have expected her to be found by the police divers by now."

He went on to tell reporters that he believes Nicola may not be in the river "at all".

Analysing her January 27 disappearance further, Mr Faulding said it "feels odd" there were no marks at the scene.

He added how it was also peculiar that not one person heard screams or that she was wearing clothes that would have absorbed water quickly.


On Monday night, scores of emergency service vehicles raced to the River Wyre as residents feared a concerning development in the search for Nicola.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary told The Sun Online on Monday: "We were called at 5.51pm today to Shard Road, Hambleton, in relation to the search for Nicola Bulley who is missing from St Michael’s on Wyre.

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