A new lead has surfaced in the search for missing mum-of-two, Nicola Bulley. Police are now searching for a “tatty red van” that was seen near the location where she vanished in St Michael’s on Wyre two weeks ago. A concerned local spotted the suspicious vehicle and reported it to authorities on the day of her disappearance and again on February 2nd, according to The Times.
The witness, who preferred to remain anonymous, described the van as “the sort of van you can live in” and said it could have been a Renault. Lancashire Police have received a significant amount of information related to the investigation and are grateful for the help provided by the public thus far.
The search for Nicola has now extended 20 miles to the sea, where two boats with specialist police teams have been seen in the water. The teams have been spotted moving upstream, searching both sides of the River Wyre. Nicola was last seen walking her dog in St Michael’s on Wyre on January 27th.
In a statement, Lancashire Police confirmed that the investigation into Nicola’s disappearance is ongoing and that they are still searching the River Wyre and surrounding areas. They also mentioned that there may be a decrease in police activity near the river, but this is due to the focus of the search moving further downstream and towards the sea.
According to Birmingham Live, the Lancashire Police statement read: “Our investigation to the disappearance of Nicola Bulley is continuing and we continue to search areas of the River Wyre and surrounding area. People may have seen less police activity today than previously in the area of the river above the weir but that is not because we have stepped down our searches, it is because the focus of the search has moved further downstream into the area of the river which becomes tidal and then out towards the sea.”
Previously this week, CrimeWatch.UK reported that divers believe the missing phone that was allegedly owned by Bulley could actually be a decoy.
Peter Faulding, the head of specialist dive squad, revealed this new information to TalkTV.
Faulding said that people who drown usually sink to the bottom of the body of water where they were last seen. Typically, even after a few days, their bodies are located within a 5-10 meter radius of where they went under. This case, however, is particularly puzzling and has left the police with no leads to follow. In fact, Faulding stated that this is the most baffling case he has ever worked on.
At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a black Engelbert Strauss coat, black jeans, and green wellington boots with green socks tucked into her pants. She had her hair tied up in a ponytail and was wearing a pale blue Fitbit.