Expert diver searching for missing Nicola Bulley says its most baffling case

The leader of a specialist underwater search team searching for Nicola Bulley in a river is "baffled" that no trace has been found of her so far.

The 45-year-old mum disappeared on January 27 in St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire, after dropping her two daughters off at school.

Private underwater search experts, using sonar equipment to look for Ms Bulley in the river, did not find anything on Monday (February 6).

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Peter Faulding, the head of the private diving team Specialist Group International (SGI), said his team of experts and divers, based in Dorking, Surrey, worked with Lancashire Police and searched "three or four miles" of the river until it got dark.

"It's a negative search, no signs of Nicola," he said, adding that the team will look through another stretch of river on Tuesday (February 7) "towards where Nicola went originally missing".

Speaking on TalkTV, Mr Faulding said: "After 25 years of doing this kind of work, after hundreds of cases, I am well and truly baffled. Normally you would expect the divers to find them easily.

"When people drown they generally go down where they are. We normally find them within five to 10 days of where they went down."

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It comes after Nicola's partner Paul Ansell launched an appeal through Lancashire Police, saying her daughters miss her and need her back.

Mr Ansell said: "It's been 10 days now since Nicola went missing and I have two little girls who miss their mummy desperately and who need her back."

He added: "This has been such a tough time for the girls especially but also for me and all of Nicola's family and friends, as well as the wider community and I want to thank them for their love and support.

"We are also really grateful to Peter and his team from SGI for coming up and helping support the work of Lancashire Police as they continue their investigation."

Detective Superintendent Rebecca Smith, of Lancashire Police, said: "The team working on this investigation are completely dedicated and determined to find Nicola.

"As a mother myself, I can't even begin to imagine what her two children are going through," adding: "Please be reassured that our sole focus is Nicola and that we are doing everything we can to find her."


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