Search continues for missing Nicola Bulley who disappeared on dog walk in Lancashire
A major search is underway for a woman who disappeared two days ago while walking her dog in Lancashire.
Nicola Bulley, 45, from Inskip, was last seen walking a footpath by the River Wyre off Garstang Road in the village of St Michael’s on Wyre at around 9.15am on the morning of January 27.
Lancashire Police said a “significant, resource-intensive search” was underway using drones, search dogs, dive teams and helicopters.
The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were called in, as well as the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and the North West Underwater Search Team.
An inquiry into her whereabouts has been launched and police are assisting Ms Bulley’s family.
Lancashire Police Chief Inspector Chris Barton said the force was “extremely concerned” about Ms Bulley and urged anyone who saw her on Friday morning or had any information as to where she might be staying to come forward.
Ms Bulley was described as white, 5ft 3in tall, with light brown, shoulder length hair and an Essex accent.
She was last seen in a long black hooded vest, black jeans and olive green wellies. Her hair was tied in a ponytail.
Ms Bulley was out walking her dog, which was described as a brown spaniel and has since been found near where she was last seen.
A large number of people in the community have organized a search party in the area. Lancashire Police have urged them to “stay safe” as the river and its banks are “extremely dangerous”.
In addition to Inskip and St Michael’s, Ms Bulley also has ties to Thornton Cleveleys.
Chief Inspector Barton said: “Nicola has been missing for two days now and we are very concerned for her.
“Firstly, if anyone saw her on Friday morning and has not yet been approached by police, or if anyone has any other information as to where she may be staying, please get in touch with us immediately.
“Investigations are ongoing and we have a team of detectives working tirelessly to establish the circumstances of her disappearance, in addition to a large team of police officers, partner agencies and local volunteer groups searching the area where she was last found Was seen .
“We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and at this stage remain open to what happened.
“We appreciate that there is a great deal of concern in the area and that people want to help, but ask that no one puts themselves at risk.
“If anyone has any questions or concerns, they are welcome to speak to officials in the area.”