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Nicola Bulley's partner tells of his 'agony' after body pulled from river in search

Nicola Bulley's partner tells of his 'agony' after body pulled from river in search

Earlier today, police confirmed that they had found a body in their search

Nicola Bulley's partner has said he is in 'agony' after police confirmed they had found a body in the search for the missing mother, who was last seen on 27 January.

Earlier today, police confirmed that they had found a body in their search, saying it is yet to be identified.

This evening, Sky News correspondent Inzamam Rashid said that he had been in contact with Bulley's family via text, including her partner Paul Ansell.

He wrote in a message: "No words right now, just agony."

Rashid also said of the family: "They are incredibly heartbroken by this significant development from Lancashire Police."

Bulley went missing after dropping off her two daughters - aged six and nine - at school, having taken her dog for a walk by the River Wyre in Lancashire. She has not been seen since.

The River Wyre near St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire.

Announcing that a body had been discovered in the river today, a spokesperson for Lancashire police said in a statement: "This morning, Sunday, 19 February, you may be aware of police activity around the river near to St Michaels.

"We want to provide you with an update on that activity. We were called today at 11:36am to reports of a body in the River Wyre, close to Rawcliffe Road.

"An underwater search team and specialist officers have subsequently attended the scene, entered the water and have sadly recovered a body.

"No formal identification has yet been carried out, so we are unable to say whether this is Nicola Bulley at this time.

"Procedures to identify the body are on-going. We are currently treating the death as unexplained.

"Nicola’s family have been informed of developments and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult of times. We ask that their privacy is respected."

Nicola Bulley has not been seen since 27 January.

At a press conference on 3 February, police first told the public of its 'main working hypothesis' that the mortgage adviser fell in the river during a '10-minute window' between 9.10am and 9.20am that day.

There is still no evidence of a crime, and therefore authorities are not treating the case as suspicious.

Ansell had previously said that he is '100 percent' sure she didn't fall into the river, saying the path was 'about as well known a walk to us as you could possibly do'.

"On the very odd occasion when you see somebody that you don't know, they stand out like a sore thumb," he said.

"So whatever has happened, in my eyes, has to be somebody who knows the local area. And the fact that nothing's been seen or heard, I just truly believe that it's something in the village."

Featured Image Credit: Family handout

Topics: UK News