Breakthrough in British disappearance case? Divers find body near place where Nicola (45) was last seen | Abroad

After more than three weeks, there is a possible breakthrough in the Nicola Bulley disappearance case. Divers found a body in the Wyre River, a mile from where the 45-year-old woman was last seen. An autopsy is now expected to confirm the victim’s identity. The mysterious disappearance has occupied the British front pages all along and has led to a lot of speculation.

Bulley was last seen on January 27 in St Michael’s on Wyre, a village in the northwest of England. She had just dropped off her two daughters at the school gates and was going for a walk with her dog, Willow, along the River Wyre. There she was last seen around 8:45 am by another walker with whom she had a chat.

At 9:10 a.m., Bulley joined a pre-work conference call from a riverside bench. She left her camera and microphone off. Just before that, she texted a friend asking to meet up with the kids sometime in the next few days.

Intensive searches turned up nothing, until now perhaps. ©Getty Images

But when her dog Willow was found alone along the trail some 25 minutes later by the other hiker, the alarm was raised. Willow was acting nervous, dragging her harness behind her and was dry, a sign that the dog hadn’t been in the water herself. Bulley’s phone was on a bench overlooking the river, still logged into the conference call.

The couch where her cell phone was found.

The couch where her cell phone was found. © REUTERS

Alcohol problems

Intensive searches yielded no results. The police assumed that Bulley had fallen into the water, but her family and several experts did not believe that hypothesis. “It’s so shallow on the bank that she could have just stood up again,” said veteran detective Peter Faulding.

At a press conference this week, the police announced that Bulley was struggling with alcohol problems. Moreover, she would have abruptly stopped her hormone replacement therapy (to counteract menopausal symptoms; ed.). The general public was shocked that such private matters were simply thrown into the public eye. The fact that the appearance of suicide was created in this way was also not well received.

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This morning hikers saw a body floating in the river. Bulley’s family has been informed of the potentially bad news that awaits them.