Nicola Bulley search: Timeline leading up to disappearance

Posted on - 3rd February, 2023 - 8:23am | Author - | Posted in - Inskip, Lancashire Police, People, Preston News, Wyre News
Nicola Bulley
Nicola Bulley

Lancashire Police have revealed more details in their continued search for missing Inskip woman Nicola Bulley.


Nicola, 45, went missing in St Michael’s on Wyre last Friday (27 January).

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Officers have confirmed the following timeline of events from the morning Nicola was last seen:

  • 8.43am: Nicola walked along the path by the River Wyre, having dropped her children off at school
  • 8:50am (approximately): A dog-walker – somebody who knows Nicola – saw her walking around the lower field with her dog. Their two dogs interacted briefly before the witness left the field via the river path
  • 8.53am: She sent an email to her boss
  • 9.01am: She logged into a Teams call
  • 9.10am (approximately): A witness – somebody who knows Nicola – saw her on the upper field walking her dog, Willow. Work is ongoing today to establish exactly what time this was
  • 9.30am: The Teams call ended but Nicola stayed logged on
  • 9.35am (approximately): Nicola’s mobile phone and Willow were found at a bench by the river by another dog-walker.
Map showing the area where Nicola was last seen
Map showing the area where Nicola was last seen

Specialist resources from both the police and other emergency services are continuing to search a significant area of land around the river off Garstang Road.

Divers are using underwater drones to search the full length of the River Wyre downstream. Police dogs have also been out searching.


On Thursday (2 February) police found a woman they wanted to identify, following a CCTV appeal.

Nicola Bulley search: Further key witness identified by police

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has come forward with information so far and would continue to ask people to get in touch if they have information or concerns.”

Nicola is white, 5ft 3ins tall, with light brown shoulder-length hair. She speaks with an Essex accent. She was last seen wearing a long black gilet jacket with a hood, black jeans and olive-green ankle wellies. Her hair was tied into a ponytail.

Officers say there’s nothing to suggest any third party involvement in Nicola’s disappearance.

Anybody who has seen Nicola, or has information about where she might be, is asked to call 101, quoting log 565 of January 30th. For immediate sightings please call 999.

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