Police release CCTV footage of potential new witness as search for missing Nicola Bulley continues
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Authorities have released a CCTV image of a possible eyewitness in the Nicola Bulley missing person case.
The 45-year-old seemingly vanished six days ago (27 January) while taking her pet dog on a stroll.
Lancashire police are asking anyone with information on the potential eyewitness to 'please get in touch'.
Nicola Bulley's last known location before she went missing was on a footpath by the River Wyre in Lancashire.
The 45-year-old's phone was found on a nearby bench by a passerby who also found the harness of the mum-of-two's pet springer spaniel.
The dog was found running loose on Garstang Road around 25 minutes after Nicola was last seen.
The passerby, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "There was a mobile phone on the bench and there was also something between the bench and the river so I went and looked, and it was a dog harness."
While Lancashire police officials are busy scouring the area near Garstang Road in St Michael's on Wyre, recent CCTV footage has since emerged of a potential eyewitness.
The individual is believed to have been nearby the area during the time Nicola was last seen.
In the CCTV footage, the woman can be seen wearing a bright red puffer coat, light-coloured trousers and a white beanie hat.
The woman in question was also walking a small white dog at the same time Bulley was last seen.
The police department has since released a statement this afternoon (2 February) via Twitter following the surfaced CCTV footage.
It reads: "We appeal for information about a potential further witness (pictured) as part of the search for Nicola Bulley, 45, missing from St Michael’s on Wyre since last Friday."
The statement concluded: "We believe the woman was in the area at the time."
The news follows Bulley's parents revealing that their daughter had made plans for a spa break and to watch her children perform at choir and gymnastics shows the night before she vanished.
The 45-year-old's parents Ernest and Dot have expressed their concern over their missing child.
After thanking the local community for their support in finding Nicola, they also asked anyone with information to 'please come forward'.
Superintendent Sally Riley said: “We know that Nicola going missing has caused a great deal of concern for the wider local community, as well as obviously being an awful time for her family.
"We now want to speak to the woman pictured on CCTV as we believe she was walking in the area at around the time Nicola was last seen.
"If you know her, or believe this may be you, please get in touch."
Anybody with information can call 101, quoting log 565 of January 30, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.