The partner of Nicola Bulley, has spoken out for the first time since the mum of two went missing while walking her dog along the River Wyre in Lancashire on the 27th of January.
Paul Ansell, an engineer and father of their two daughters said that he is focusing on staying strong for their girls and doesn’t understand how he is coping with the nightmare situation.
Speaking to Sky News near the area where she was last seen the heartbroken man said: ‘It seems absolutely impossible, it’s like a dream, I can’t get my head around it.
‘I don’t really have anything to say other than what the family said yesterday, my whole focus is my two girls and staying as strong as I can for them. I’m scared that if I put focus into anything else it’s going to take my focus off that.’
Nicola has been missing for over a week now and her last text messages before she vanished have been released. In the exchange with a friend, she can be seen setting up a playdate for their daughters.
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.
Paul said that as he and her family try to figure out what happened they keep coming to dead ends. ‘Every single scenario comes to a brick wall. Every single one of them.
‘All we are doing is sitting there going round and round and round through each scenario. We’re never going to lose hope, but it is as though she vanished into thin air. It’s just insane.’
The father of two also thanked the community for their immense support saying that it gives that family ‘great comfort.’ 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.’
It comes after questions were raised about why Nicola took the harness off her dog before she disappeared. Pictures show that the pet usually wears a harness at all times when outside the house. Furthermore, officers searched a new area nine miles downstream from where Nicola was last seen.
Authorities were seen taping off Skippool Creek car park by the River Wyre as investigators wearing white forensic suits carried away bags of potential evidence. Police have said the new site is being investigated area reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area.