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The search for missing mum-of-two Nicola Bulley has reached a new stage as police are reportedly investigating who had permits to fish in the river detectives believe she fell into.
Mum of two, Nicola, 45, disappeared without a trace during a dog walk along the River Wyre in the village of St Michael’s, Lancs, on January 27, with police’s operating theory being that she fell into the river – with no criminal involvement.
But it has now emerged that local fishing clubs have been approached by officers looking for information about who was ticketed to be on the river around the time of her disappearance.
The latest development comes just days after a report from a potential witness, who claims to have seen two men acting suspiciously on the river both the day before and on the morning Nicola vanished.
According to the witness, the men were trying to hide their faces with “dark clothing” and “hoods or hats”, and carried fishing rods.
The anonymous informant added the men were acting “very strange”, with the sighting making him feel “uneasy” – remarking it was bizarre that they seemed to lack either a tackle or bait box.
The witness reportedly told police what he had seen after he heard of Nicola’s disappearance on January 27 – reporting it two days later. Police contacted him nine days after that to take his full account.
Local fishermen have rejected any suggestion that the suspicious men were themselves anglers.
One local angler said: “It sounds like they are trying to work out if anyone was fishing on the river that day and saw something, but nobody was.”
He said that the only people present that day were “dog walkers”, adding: “I can guarantee you that. The dog walkers were there.
The fisherman, speaking anonymously, claimed police had first got in contact with anglers the day after Nicola’s disappearance, but only to ask about the nature of the River Wyre where she went missing.
Having fished on that river for decades, he said if Nicola did fall into that water, anyone walking along the bank wouldn’t have seen her due to the strenght of the current, which would have dragged her under.
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