Lancashire Police has confirmed a body found in the River Wyre is that of missing Inskip woman Nicola Bulley.Advertisement
In a press conference held at 5.30pm today (Monday 20 February), Assistant Chief Constable Peter Lawson said: “Sadly we are now able to confirm that yesterday we recovered Nicola Bulley from the River Wyre.
“Nicola’s family have been informed and are of course devastated.
“Our thoughts are with them at this time, as well as with all her loved ones and the wider community.”
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A statement from Nicola’s family read by Detective Chief Superintendent Pauline Stables paid tribute to Nicola, and denounced the media intrusion they have experienced since she went missing on 27 January.
The family said: “Our family liaison officers have had to confirm our worst fears today.
“We will never be able to comprehend what Nikki had gone through in her last moments, and that will never leave us.
“We will never forget Nikki, how could we. She was the centre of our world. She was the one who made our lives so special and nothing will cast a shadow over that.
“Our girls will get the support they need from the people who love them the most.
“It saddens us to think that one day we will have to explain to them that the press and members of the public accused their Dad of wrongdoing, misquoted and vilified friends and family. This is absolutely appalling. They have to be held accountable. This cannot happen to another family.”
The statement went on to say that Sky News and ITV in particular had acted in a “shameful” way and urged them to “leave us alone now”.
The family thanked those who have “genuinely helped and supported” them in the community of St Michaels, and urged others with missing loved ones to “keep that hope alive”.
They ended by saying: “Finally, Nikki, you are no longer a missing person. You have been found. We can let you rest now. We love you, always have and always will. We will take it from here.”
The press conference is available on the Lancashire Police Facebook page.
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