Family and buddies of lacking girl Nicola Bulley have claimed there may be “no evidence whatsoever” behind a police replace suggesting the mother-of-two fell into the river.
Officers consider the 45-year-old “sadly” fell into the River Wyre whereas she was strolling her canine final Friday morning however are persevering with the search.
It is known Ms Bulley went lacking in simply “a 10-minute window” whereas she was strolling her canine, Willow, near the River Wyre, after dropping off her daughters – aged six and 9 – at college.
Search groups from Lancashire Constabulary are persevering with to trawl the waterway close to St Michael’s.
Ms Bulley’s pal, Emma White, informed Sky News that the “police hypothesis is on limited information”.
She stated: “When we are talking about a life we can’t base it on a hypothesis – surely we need this factual evidence.
“That’s what the household and all of us are holding on to – that we’re sadly no additional on than final Friday.
“We still have no evidence, and that’s why we’re out together in force.
“You do not base life on a speculation.”
Meanwhile, Ms Bulley’s sister Louise Cunningham shared a Facebook put up urging individuals to hold on the search and to “keep an open mind”.
She stated: “Off the again of the most recent Police media replace, please can I add there isn’t a proof in any way that she has gone into the river, it is only a concept.
“Everyone needs to keep an open mind as not all cctv and leads have been investigated fully, the police confirmed the case is far from over.”
Ms Bulley’s pal Ms White additionally dismissed the idea that she might have tried to retrieve a tennis ball from the river whereas enjoying together with her canine Willow.
“Willow loved using a tennis ball very much, but it used to disturb their walk so they haven’t had a tennis ball since last year”.
“There was definitely no ball,” she added.
Police have urged the general public to look out alongside the river for the objects of clothes that Ms Bulley was final seen carrying.
This consists of an ankle-length black quilted gilet jacket, a black Engelbert Strauss waist-length coat, tight-fitting black denims, lengthy inexperienced strolling socks, ankle-length inexperienced Next wellies, a necklace and a pale blue Fitbit.
Search groups are additionally being helped by specialists and divers from HM Coastguard, mountain rescue, and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service – with sniffer canines, drones, and police helicopters additionally getting used.
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Detectives are additionally analysing CCTV and dashcam movies, and members of the general public with footage which might be helpful have been urged to return ahead.
Speaking at a information convention on Friday, Superintendent Sally Riley stated there might have been an “issue with the dog that led her to the water’s edge, she puts her phone down to go and deal with the dog momentarily, and Nicola may have fallen in”.
However, Ms Bulley’s accomplice Paul Ansell, 44, stated he would “never lose hope” of discovering her.
“We’re never, ever going to lose hope, of course we’re not, but it is as though she has vanished into thin air. It’s just insane,” he stated.
The 44-year-old stated his “whole focus is my two girls” and that he was “hoping to goodness” that individuals would come ahead with new info.