Nicola Bulley’s partner says it is as though ‘she vanished into thin air’ following 45-year-old’s disappearance
The partner of missing 45-year-old Nicola Bulley has said it is as though “she has vanished into thin air”.
Speaking near the scene where the mother-of-two was last seen, Paul Ansell said he will “never lose hope”, one week after she disappeared.
He also said he kept playing “every scenario” in his head “around and around” and that his focus was on supporting their two daughters.
Ms Bulley, 45, disappeared while walking her dog along a footpath by the River Wyre in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire, on the morning of Friday 27 January, after dropping off her daughters, aged six and nine, at school.
Her mobile phone and the lead and harness for her dog, springer spaniel Willow, were found on a bench.
“I don’t know how I am coping. I don’t want to think about that. I am just focused on the girls,” he said.
“Every single scenario comes to a brick wall,” he said.
“It is as though she has vanished into thin air.”
Mr Ansell also thanked the local community for their “amazing” support.
Timeline of Nicola’s disappearance
Lancashire Constabulary have now confirmed Nicola’s movements in the run-up to her disappearance on Friday 27 January.
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.
On Thursday her heartbroken sister Louise Cunningham told Sky News “it feels like I’m just stuck in a nightmare”.
In the interview, her family made an emotional appeal to anyone who may have seen her or knows where she is to come forward and speak to police.
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