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A major police search is underway as concerns mount for the well-being of a woman who went missing while walking her dog along a Lancashire river path.
Nicola Bulley, 45, from Inskip, was last seen at 9.15am on Friday 27 January walking her dog on a riverside footpath off Garstang Road in St Michael’s on Wyre. Her dog was discovered near her disappearance, police say.
In an extensive search operation, police dive teams, fire brigade drones, rescue dogs, helicopters and mountain rescue volunteers were dispatched to the area to find Nicola.
Officers say they are “open about where Nicola might be” as Lancashire detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of her disappearance following a series of “lines of investigation”. The specialized officials also support Nicolas family during this difficult time and stay in close contact with them.
The Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT) said 25 volunteers contributed to the search over an eight-hour period on Saturday.
They were joined by the North West Ambulance Service, Lancashire Police, Police Dive Team, Lancashire Fire and Rescue (LFRS), National Police Air Service (helicopter), an LFRS search dog and an LFRS drone.
Nicola is described as white, 5ft 3in tall with light brown shoulder length hair and was last seen walking her dog before she disappeared. she was She wore a long black hooded vest, black jeans and olive green ankle boots and her hair was tied in a ponytail.
Police say she speaks with an Essex accent and also has ties to the Thornton-Cleveley area.
Lancashire Police Chief Inspector Chris Barton said: “Nicola has been missing for two days now and we are extremely 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 might be, please contact 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.”
Lancashire Police hope this information can help someone remember seeing her or possibly have information on where she went. Anyone who has seen Nicola or has information as to where she may be staying is asked to call 101 and quote log 473 of January 27. For immediate sightings please call 999.