Police confirm body found in river is that of missing mum Nicola Bulley
Police recovered a body about a mile from where Nicola went missing, on Sunday
Assistant Chief Constable Peter Lawson confirmed the tragic news to reporters at a press conference, on Monday evening. In a statement read out to the media by police, Nicola's family said they would "never forget Nikki."
The 45-year-old was last seen walking her dog in the village of St Michael's on Wyre at 9.10am, on January 27.
Police, on Sunday, confirmed they had recovered a body around a mile from where the mortgage broker went missing, after being called to the River Wyre, near Rawcliffe Road, at 11:35 am that day.
It is understood that a man and a woman walking their dog near the river called the force to report seeing a person in the water.
'We have to be strong," says partner of Nicola Bulley
Following the statement, on Sunday, from Lancashire Police about the discovery of a body in the river, Nicola's partner Paul Ansell told Sky News:
"No words right now, just agony.
"We're all together, we have to be strong."
The discovery on Sunday came after roads were closed off near the scene where she went missing.
Divers were examining the scene less than a mile from where the mortgage broker was last spotted. Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Rebecca Smith was also at the riverside.
A man and a woman were earlier seen pointing to a spot in the River Wyre, while police drones and a helicopter could also be seen overhead.
A photographer at the scene said: "It all happened so fast. Police have sealed all the roads off. It's fair to say a massive search is underway."
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