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Challenging the Police Theory: Nicola Bulley’s Dog Swims in River

Challenging the Police Theory: Nicola Bulley’s Dog Swims in River

Missing mum On January 27, Nicola Bulley vanished while walking her springer spaniel Willow in St Michaels on Wyre, Lancashire, with police hypothesizing she fell into a river.

Images of a missing mother Swimming by Willow, Nicola Bulley’s dog, could undermine a crucial police theory.

The 45-year-old mother vanished on January 27 while walking her springer spaniel along the River Wyre in the Lancashire village of St. Michaels.

The phone was discovered on a bench overlooking the water, with the dog wandering nearby alone.

Before it was confirmed that Nicola had fallen into the water by accident, the police immediately launched a massive search.

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Superintendent Sally Riley stated there was a possibility that the missing mortgage consultant went to the water’s edge because of Willow.

She speculated that the dog may have dropped its tennis ball into the river, as the spaniel was discovered completely dry.

Nevertheless, Nicola had shared photographs of Willow swimming in open water along the same route.

The images that Nicola posted on social media last year suggest that the dog was comfortable around water and that its owner likely would not have been alarmed.

In one image, Willow can be seen swimming toward Nicola with the ball in her mouth.

This photo was taken on July 5, 2022, and the caption reads, “A quick morning stroll before a busy day!

“Willow is living the dream!”

This collection of photographs was identified as having been taken in St. Michaels on Wyre, the location where she would go missing seven months later.

Another image captured in April 2022 depicts a drenched Willow standing on the sandbank adjacent to the river, having just chased the ball into the water.

Another image from this collection depicts Willow just before she entered the water.

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The working hypothesis is that she accidentally entered the water, which explains why there is no physical evidence on the scene, according to Superintendent Riley.

She went on to say, “The dog was off-leash, which is normal for a dog, and Nicola was on a team call, which it would be normal for her not to actively participate in and instead just listen in on the phone.”

“Anything could have happened with the dog, causing Nicola to go near the water’s edge. I don’t want to speculate because we don’t know, but it is possible that the dog was loose and off the leash, or that there was an issue with the dog that caused Nicola to go near the water.

“She puts down the phone momentarily, and Nicola might have fallen in. That is possible, Superintendent Riley stated.

She verified that the dog was dry when discovered by other dog walkers.

“We do not believe the dog was in the river because we believe the dog was dry and no witnesses described the dog swimming or jumping into the water.

She added, “We do not know why Nicola may have entered the water if she did.”