A HEARTBREAKING photo has emerged of Nicola Bulley celebrating her birthday before she vanished without a trace.
Nicola, 45, was snapped with a smile ear-to-ear as she held a pink “Happy Birthday” balloon.
5A new photo of missing mum Nicola Bulley celebrating her birthday has emergedCredit: Nikki Bulley – Mortgage Adviser/Facebook5The 45-year-old has been missing since she vanished without a trace on January 27Credit: AFP5The police’s search for Nicola entered its 12th day todayCredit: WARREN_SMITHIn the photo the mum-of-two is surrounded by gifts and cards.
Nicola took to social media to share the snap and thank everyone who gave her “love” on her big day.
The mortgage adviser said she’d had a busy day at work, but was finally sat down with “a cheeky birthday prosecco”.
It comes as the search for Nicola reached its 12th painstaking day.
The mum celebrated her 45th in October and shared photos from her day to Facebook.
She wrote on her business page Nicola Bulley – Mortagage Adviser: “It’s been a busy work day today and it’s my birthday!
“Thank you to everyone that has sent me birthday wishes, gifts and cards! I’m feeling the love.”
Nicola thanked estate agents Love Homes for the “lovely gift”, which included a box of bath bombs and body wash.
In the post, which the mum scattered with emojis, she said: “I’m finally sat with a cheeky birthday Prosecco.”
The 45-year-old was last seen in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire, at around 9.15am on January 27.
Since then, there has been no trace of her.
Police and volunteers have scoured land and water to try to find Nicola, but to no avail.
Earlier today a dive expert searching the river said his team will end their efforts by sunset.
Peter Faulding said they have done all they can to try to find Nicola.
However, he said police are now honing their efforts into further downstream.
It comes as police revealed there was a “possibility” the mum had actually left the river path on foot.
They said one particular area was not covered by CCTV.
This morning Nicola’s distraught partner Paul Ansell visited the scene this morning.
He spent 10 minutes walking the river bank near the bench where the mum’s phone was found, still connected to a work Teams call.
The Sun Online has published a full timeline since Nicola vanished, including different events and clues.
5Nicola’s partner Paul Ansell visited the scene this morningCredit: Mirrorpix
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