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Images of missing mum Nicola Bulley's dog Willow swimming could blow a key police theory wide open.
Nicola, 45, was walking her dog when she went missing on Friday, January 27, near the River Wyre in Lancashire.
She had dropped her children off at school that morning before taking the family pup, Willow, on a walk.
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Police believe the mum, whose phone was found at the scene of her disappearance and logged into a work conference on Teams, approached the river, with Willow playing a key part in why she may have done so.
Expert diving teams were called in by Lancashire Police on Sunday (February 5), run by forensics expert Peter Faulding and his Specialist Group International, to search the riverbed – but his team has now declared that they cannot find her in the river.
And this, coupled with new images of Willow in the river swimming on several occasions could blow a key theory out of the water.
It had been suggested by Lancashire Police that Nicola had fallen in the river while trying to rescue her dog.
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However, on Nicola's publicly available work Facebook page, Willow is pictured swimming in the water near or in the same area that it was claimed the dog needed rescuing from.
In one image on the Nikki Bulley – Mortgage Adviser page, Willow is seen with the ball in her mouth, swimming happily towards Nicola.
That was snapped on July 5, 2022, and was caption: “A quick morning walk before a busy day ahead!
“Willow living her best life!”
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This set of photos was tagged as being taken in Saint Michaels On Wyre, where she would go missing seven months later.
Another image taken in April 2022, shows a very wet Willow standing on the sandbank next to the river having clearly just been chasing the ball into the water.
Another image from that set shows Willow moments before she went into the water.
The Daily Star has contacted Lancashire Police for a comment.
Nicola's partner Paul Ansell said earlier this week: "This has been such a tough time for the girls especially but also for me and all of Nicola’s family and friends, as well as the wider community and I want to thank them for their love and support.
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"We are also really grateful to Peter and his team from SGI for coming up and helping support the work of Lancashire Police as they continue their investigation.
"If anyone has any information which could help find Nicola, I urge them to get in touch with the police and help us provide the answers we all so badly need.”
The investigation continues.
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