A mum of two who has been missing for over a week now made plans for a playdate just minutes before she disappeared according to her last text messages.
Nicola Bulley, 45, has not been seen since she dropped her two daughters off at school in Lancashire on Friday 27 January and went to walk the family’s springer spaniel, Willow.
Her last text was sent at 8.57 am on the morning of her disappearance before she signed onto a Teams meeting while walking the family pet at 9.10 am along the river Wyre in Lancashire.
Around this time, authorities said it was the last known sighting of Nicola as just 25 minutes later, a passerby found her dog running wild and her phone still connected to a work conference call and abandoned.
According to Nicola’s boss at a mortgage adviser firm, she dialled into a conference call with colleagues just after 9 am. Her phone was on mute and the camera was off, so he assumed that she was just listening to the conversation.
Speaking to The Mirror a resident of St Micheal’s on Wyre said: ‘She booked a playdate, 8.57, she sent a text message to a friend whose mortgage she had just recently signed off on to arrange for the girls to go for tea this week.’
The individual, who wished to remain anonymous, pointed out that this is not the typical behaviour of someone who wanted to intentionally disappear.
In their attempts to gather more information about what happened to Nicola, police issued an appeal looking for a woman spotted on CCTV wearing a red coat around the same time of her disappearance.
The woman, identified by the MailOnline as Christine Bowman told police that she had not seen Nicola while walking her own dog that morning as she didn’t go as far as the bench where the mum of two’s things was found.
Nicola’s sister, Lousie Cunningham, made a desperate plea to the public yesterday, asking for their help to ‘get my sister back.’
Supported by her family as they undertook TV interviews she said: ‘Something has got to be missed, Somebody must know something. People just don’t vanish into thin air.’
Describing the situation as a ‘nightmare’ she added: ‘There has got to be somebody who knows something and all we are asking is, no matter how small or big, if there is anything you remember that doesn’t seem right, then please reach out to the police, Get in touch and get my sister back.’
Nicola is described as 5’3″ tall with shoulder-length brown hair and was dressed in a long black hooded gilet with black jeans and green wellies for walking her dog when she was last seen. Police say she was very familiar with the area.