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Nicola Bulley’s sister says ‘no evidence’ for theory missing mum ‘fell in river’

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    Nicola Bulley's sister has rubbished police's theory that the missing mum-of-two fell into the river Wyre.

    Nicola, 45, has now been missing for over a week. She was last seen walking her dog after dropping her children off at school.

    Louise Cunningham wrote on social media: "Off the back of the latest police media update, please can I add there is no evidence whatsoever that she has gone into the river, it's just a theory.

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    "Everyone needs to keep an open mind as not all CCTV and leads have been investigated fully, the police confirmed the case is far from over."

    Lancashire Police said its "main working hypothesis" was that Nicola fell into the river, and that her disappearance is "not suspicious but a tragic case of a missing person".

    There is currently a 10 minute window police can not account for Nicola's movements, between 9.10am and 9.20am. The last confirmed sighting was 9.10am, whilst 9.20 marked a phone call she received from work.

    Her phone was found on a bench near the river. Nicola is thought to have disappeared during this window.

    Police believe Nicola may have fallen into the river to retrieve her dog Willow's tennis ball. They claim her "heavy" clothing could have weighed her down in the water.

    Superintendent Sally Riley said: “Based on all the work we have done so far, we are now as confident as we can be that Nicola has not left the field where she was last seen and our working hypothesis is that she has fallen into the river for some reason.

    "There is no evidence whatsoever that there is anything suspicious about her disappearance or any third-party involvement in her going missing.

    "Our investigation remains open and we will of course act on any new information which comes to light."

    Nicola's partner, Paul Ansell said he is "trying to be strong" for their daughters. The two girls are aged nine and six. Ansell described the situation as going through "perpetual hell".

    He said: "We're never going to lose the hope. But, right now, it is as though she has vanished into thin air. It's just insane."

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