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Nicola Bulley: One week on, what happened in the hour before her disappearance?

It is one week since mother-of-two Nicola Bulley went missing while walking her dog along a river in Lancashire.

(Lancashire Police)
Nicola Bulley went missing last Friday morning while walking her dog in Saint Michael's on Wyre. (Lancashire Police)

It is one week since mother-of-two Nicola Bulley went missing while walking her dog along a river in Lancashire.

Police have said their “main working hypothesis” is that she fell into the River Wyre and that “this is not suspicious but a tragic case of a missing person”.

The 45-year-old mortgage adviser, from Inskip, disappeared last Friday morning near the River Wyre in the village of St Michael’s on Wyre.

She had just dropped her two daughters, aged six and nine, at school.

Seven days after her disappearance, her partner made a renewed appeal in a television interview.

Read more: Nicola Bulley disappearance - everything we know so far

Paul Ansell, 44, said on Friday: “We’re never going to lose hope, but it is as though she has vanished into thin air. It’s just insane. My whole focus is my two girls, just staying as strong as I can for them.

“I’m scared that if I put focus into anything else it’s going to take my focus off that.

Watch: Nicola Bulley's partner says it is as though 'she has vanished into thin air'

Mr Ansell, an engineer, thanked the community for their support in the search for Ms Bulley.

“It’s the only thing that we can take (from the situation) is that the level of support is out of this world," he said.

One week after her disappearance, Lancashire Police have pieced together what happened in the hour before she went missing.

Friday 27 January:

8.43am

Ms Bulley walked along the path by the River Wyre, having dropped her children off at school.

8:50am (approximately)

A dog walker who knows Ms Bulley saw her in the lower field along the river with her dog, springer spaniel Willow.

Their two dogs interacted briefly before the witness left the field via the river path.

A missing person notice attached to a gate in St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire, where officers from Lancashire Police are searching for Nicola Bulley, 45, from Inskip, Lancashire, who was last seen on the morning of Friday January 27, when she was spotted walking her dog on a footpath by the River Wyre. Picture date: Monday January 30, 2023.
A missing person notice attached to a gate in St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire, after Nicola Bulley disappeared. (Alamy)

8.53am

Ms Bulley sent an email to her boss.

9.01am

Ms Bulley logged into a Microsoft Teams work call.

9.10am (approximately)

A witness who knows Ms Bulley saw her on the upper field along the river walking her dog.

9.30am

The Teams call ended but Ms Bulley remained logged on.

9.35am (approximately)

Ms Bulley's phone and her dog were found at a bench by the river by another dog walker.

Watch: Police search continues for missing Nicola Bulley