Nicola Bulley disappeared on January 27, 2022 and remains missing but the case has so far left questions unanswered.

Lancashire Constabulary continues to carry out the investigation into the disappearance of the mother-of-two but police have been unable to find evidence that shines a light on her whereabouts.

Nicola's last known location is a footpath in St Michael’s on Wyre where her phone was found on a bench.

The 45-year-old mortgage advisor has dropped her daughters off at school before going on her usual dog walk with her spaniel, Willow.

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An underwater search expert, Peter Faulding, has been called in the family to aid in the search for the missing mother.

Faudling took Nicola's partner, Paul Asnell, to the spot where Police believe Nicola fell into the river on Wednesday. 

Mr Faulding, who is the leader of underwater search experts Specialist Group International (SGI), has said if his team does not find Ms Bulley in the water using his sonar equipment, then he believes she has not been in the river.

Faudling said this would suggest “third party” involvement in the disappearance.

However, Superintendent Sally Riley, of Lancashire Police, said on Tuesday that detectives had looked at “every single” potential suspicion or criminal suggestion that had come in and discounted them.

Ms Riley also told reporters at a press conference in the village, that Mr Faulding is not included in “all the investigation detail”.

4 unanswered questions amid Nicola Bulley's disappearance

1. The lack of CCTV

Images of Nicola, shared from her own doorbell camera, showed her packing up her car as she took her daughters to school.

However, there is a lack of CCTV from the towpath area.

One camera located at a residential park on the upper field of the path wasn't working.

If the CCTV camera had been working it is likely that it would picked up what happened around the bench.

Superintendent Sally Riley said: "Several exits of the riverside area have CCTV covering them or exits are locked and therefore couldn't have been passed through by Nicola.

"There's only a very small area onto Garstang Lane toward the A586 which is not covered by CCTV and that's why we're appealing today for dashcam footage or for people who may have been walking on Garstang Lane or driving in the area to come forward if they can."

2. 10 missing minutes from timeline

There are 10 minutes between the last sighting of Nicola at 9.10am and 9.20 am, when Nicola's phone was found on a bench that Lancashire Police cannot account for.

Nicola's phone was found on a bench but was still connected to the work call she was on.

You can see the full timeline of events so far, here.

3. The River Wyre

Expert Peter Faulding has commented that the part of the river where Nicola was last seen is not fast-moving.

Faulding has described it as 'black murky water' and added that it can be difficult to see in.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday: "It is not a still water it is a fast flowing moving water which is tidal in parts. This makes it particularly complex. We have already discounted particular areas of the river but as they are tidal we have re-searched them to make sure nothing has been washed back into those search areas.

"We have six people searching the river banks every day, these are specially trained search officers, who are systematically, methodically searching the river bank and open ground."

4. The phone on the bench

Nicola's phone was found on a bench which was near the spot where she was last seen.

Her phone was still dialled into a Teams work call and was found alongside her dog, Willow's harness.

There are some that have suggested that Nicola left it on the bench to deal with the aim of coming back to it.

Mr Faulding has suggested that the phone may have been left behind as a 'decoy' by a 'third party' involved in the disappearance.

He also commented that her dog Willow who was found at the scene would have caused a disturbance if she had indeed fallen into the river as police believe.

Lancashire Police continue to appeal for witnesses and dashcam footage.

Anyone with information or footage is asked to call 101, quoting log 473 of January 27th. For immediate sightings please call 999.