The forensic expert suggests continuing the search for Nicola Bully away from the river

The forensic expert suggests continuing the search for Nicola Bully away from the river

Nicola Bulley – Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A forensic expert who searched a river Missing dog walker Nicola Bulley Offered to investigate the land for his family.

Peter Faulding, A rescue and forensic investigation specialistSaid he was personally consulting with the family about conducting a land search for the 45-year-old

Mrs. Bully is missing January 27 While walking his dog in the village of St Michael in Wyre.

As detectives renewed their search over the weekend and searched vacant properties near where he was last seen, Paul Ansel, His partner of 44 years, placed a ribbon on a bridge with the message: “Nikki I love you! XXXXX come home now.”

Mrs. Bully’s Phone found On a bench by the river, with the family dog, Willow, running loose nearby and his harness on the ground. Alarm was raised and search operation started.

Police said they believed Ms Bulley had fallen into the river, but a specialist search team led by Mr Faulding failed to locate her. In an interview last week said Mr. Ansell He is “100 percent sure it’s not the river”.

Mr Faulding, founder of Specialist Group International, said he was ready to start looking for land, telling The Telegraph: “I offered to go personally and put my inquisitive mind to it.

“I am visiting on my own time to discuss visiting other areas without interfering with police operations. Usually you search for land, that’s what the family wants.”

Mr Faulding reiterated his belief that it was unlikely Ms Bulley fell into the river, saying: “It wasn’t very fast in the river that day.

“I spent a lot of time with the family and they said he was very careful, took the same route every day, didn’t go by the river and his Fitbit showed he didn’t go by the river. He has to push really hard to get it down in the middle of the river.

“There are many strange things here. If he is not found then I will say something is not right. Police officers ringing up saying they agree with me, it’s a weird one. Police divers are very professional, they would have found him that day. There is no reason for him to disappear. He was happy”.

Charlotte Drake, a friend of Ms Bulley, said it was positive that police were carrying out new inquiries, adding: “Someone knows something and everyone needs to keep an open mind. We need some extra piece, no matter how small, to fit into this jigsaw.”

He also said Ms Bulley’s partner wanted to publicize the fact that he had her car keys with her when she disappeared.

Lancashire Police has faced questions about its handling of the investigation and Philip Flower, a former Metropolitan Police superintendent, said there was a risk of trust in the police being lost forever if the investigation was hampered.

Writing for The Mail on Sunday, he said officials may have made mistakes Fail to tape off the area Where his phone was found. He said he is not the only person to suggest that the facts and evidence do not support the official hypothesis.

Officials widened Investigate their CCTV Ms Bulley requested footage from a local garage to include the day before she disappeared. Police were also told that two men were acting suspiciously near her dog-walk the day before she disappeared.

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