COPS have been dealt a blow in their desperate search for missing Nicola Bulley as a new witness seen on CCTV told police she “didn’t see her”.
Nicola, 45, disappeared a week ago while walking her dog along the River Wyre in Lancashire.
8Nicola Bulley went missing a week ago along the River WyreCredit: SWNS8Police talked to this witness following Nicola Bulley’s disappearanceCredit: PA8Divers scoured the area for evidence in a desperate bid to find Ms BulleyCredit: Rex8Missing Nicola’s heartbroken family yesterday begged for help to find he8Cops had issued a CCTV image of a woman in red they wished to speak to who was seen in the area walking a small white dog.
The woman was seen at around 8.48am on Allotment Lane, close to where Nicola was last seen.
But while being quizzed yesterday, Christine Bowman, 67, reportedly told police she did not see Ms Bulley during her walk, according to Mail Online.
Ms Bowman said she was baffled by the appeal to track her down because she had already spoken to officers on the day Nicola disappeared – and she “doesn’t know anything”.
Police search teams, divers and hundreds of volunteers have found no clues as to where she might be despite painstakingly searching the deep waters nearby.
Cops have even issued a 45-minute timeline of the mum of two’s last known movements in a desperate bid to track her down.
Ms Bowman – who police hoped could provide key pieces of information in the search for Ms Bulley – does not travel as far as the bench where the missing mother’s phone and dog were found.
“The security camera footage that she was caught on was taken from the caravan park next to the towpath.
“That’s as far as she goes, she doesn’t walk her dog further along the footpath than that point.”
Her devastated sister Louise Cunningham says the family are “stuck in a nightmare” a week since she disappeared.
Nicola’s distraught family made an emotional appeal for information yesterday, saying they would “do anything” to find her.
The family begged for help to find her and said that “people don’t just vanish into thin air”.
She was said to be upbeat before she vanished and her parents said she had made spa break plans the night before.
Nicola had also bought tickets to watch the girls perform at choir and gymnastics shows.
8Nicola, 45, began her walk along the towpath to the River Wyre at 8.43am after dropping her two children off at school.
Police say around seven minutes later, a dog walker who knows Nicola, saw her walking around the lower field with her springer spaniel Willow.
The witness said their two dogs interacted briefly before she left Nicola via the river path.
At 8.53am, the mum sends an email to her boss at Exclusively Mortgages.
She then logged into a Teams call at 9.01am and was last seen around nine minutes later on the upper field walking Willow.
But by 9.35am she was gone. A dog walker found her phone on a bench and her brown springer spaniel Willow wandering free and raised the alarm.
Yesterday search teams focused on a tidal stretch of the Wyre amid fears Nicola had slipped, fallen in and been swept downstream.
But as night fell, the hunt revealed no new information.
In the appeal to track down the woman yesterday, a spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “She is described as wearing a red and white coat with a fur hood, light-coloured trousers and a light bobble hat.
“She was walking a small, white dog. The woman was seen on CCTV at around 8.48am on Allotment Lane, close to where Nicola was last seen and was also seen near to the gate at the end of Allotment Lane.”
8Fire and Rescue service teams as well as dogs were used to try and track down NicolaCredit: PA8Police cordoned off the area as the hunt continuesCredit: Rex
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