An “abandoned” house has been searched in the effort to find missing mum Nicola Bulley. The 45-year-old disappeared on Friday while on a dog walk next to the River Wyre off Garstang Road, St Michael’s on Wyre, prompting a large scale police search.
Her mobile phone, which was still logged into a work conference call, was found on a bench along a river path.
News of the house search comes after police confirmed they have found a potentially key witness.
A police spokesman said of the potential witness: “He has since been located and is currently being spoken to. Our thanks to those who shared our appeal.”
Earlier police had said the man, who was walking a small white fluffy dog on a lead, had spoken to a woman in the area who found Ms Bulley’s dog, before he walked in the direction of Rowanwater.
“While the team was searching the grounds, the owner was there for some reason and we asked him to go in and he had a quick look around and she wasn’t there.”
Police have said they are keeping an “open mind” about what happened, but do not believe Ms Bulley was attacked.
In a statement, her family said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from our community and would like to thank everyone for their ongoing efforts to help us find Nicola.
“The girls are desperate to have their mummy back home safe with them and your ongoing efforts have provided comfort to them whilst we await news on Nicola.
“We ask for anyone who thinks they may have any information that may help the police find Nicola to please come forward and help them with their inquiries.”
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Ms Bulley lives in Inskip, which is about three miles from where she went walking.
Mr Camplin said: “She drops her kids off at St Michaels and then apparently she walks eastwards to where the woods and the river are, she walks that daily with her dog.
“So it’s not an unknown area for her and it is a popular area for walkers and dog walkers alike. It’s actually quite a beautiful spot.”
Ms Bulley is described as white, 5ft 3in, with light brown, shoulder-length hair.
At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a long black gilet jacket with a hood, black jeans and olive green ankle wellington boots.
Superintendent Sally Riley said: “We remain extremely concerned for Nicola and we continue to do everything we can to try and find her and to provide some answers for her family, who are obviously beside themselves with worry.
“I must stress at this time that this remains a missing person inquiry and at this time there is nothing to suggest any third-party involvement in Nicola’s disappearance.
“We appreciate there is also a great deal of concern in the local community, and we appreciate people want to help. However, parts of the riverbank are treacherous, and we would ask that nobody puts themselves in danger and that the police and partner agencies’ efforts to find Nicola are not compromised.
“If anybody has any questions or concerns, they are welcome to speak to officers in the area.”
Anyone who has seen Ms Bulley, or has information about where she might be, is asked to call 101, quoting log 565 of January 30, or call 999 if they have an immediate sighting.