British police have found a body while searching for a woman who disappeared while walking a dog. The body was discovered in a river near where the 45-year-old was last seen on January 27, Lancashire police said. Pedestrians would have given the police a tip. The body has not yet been identified.
The search for Nicola Bulley after her disappearance without a trace on the River Wyre, where she had walked the family dog, caused a sensation throughout Great Britain, many media had reported, private searches and discussions were also carried out, especially on social media, which was sometimes tumultuous led scenes.
A number of people made their own search efforts to locate the mother of two daughters, aged six and nine. There was wild speculation about the case on social networks. Self-proclaimed rescuers broke into derelict buildings - despite assurances from police that a full search was being made for the missing person. People went on nightly patrols, disturbing local residents by rattling on their gates or roaming their front yards.
Bulley was last seen on January 27th. In their investigations, the police assume that she fell into the river while walking her dog and drowned. Shortly after her disappearance, her dog was discovered loose and her phone still dialed into a conference call on a bench.
The longer the case remained unsolved, the stronger the doubts and criticism of the work of the local police, who put 40 investigators on it. Bulley's family questioned the suicide or accident hypothesis and feared she had been kidnapped.
The announcement by the police that Bulley had suffered from private problems before her disappearance, such as alcohol problems and a menopause that was perceived as problematic, caused a stir. The result was a storm of indignation, there was talk of "victimblaming", meaning that a victim was blamed for his distress. The British Home Secretary Suella Braverman then became involved in the case.