THE disappearance of Nicola Bulley has devastated her family and friends.
Underwater expert Peter Faulding was recruited by the family to search the river next to where Bulley's phone was found – but who is he and what do we know about him?
Who is Peter Faulding?
Peter Faulding is the founder of Specialist Group International (SGI), who have been searching the River Wyre for missing mum Nicola Bulley.
Faulding and his team decided to pull out of the search on February 8, 2023 as they believed they had done all they could to try and find her.
He offered his services to her devastated family for free, using £55,000 equipment to scan the lake.
His team searched the area near the park bench where her belongings were found and beyond.
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What has Peter Faulding said?
Faulding has disagreed with the hypothesis that Lancashire police said they were working with – which suggested that she had fallen into the river whilst walking her dog.
He said: "After 25 years of doing this kind of work, after hundreds of cases, I am well and truly baffled.
"When people drown they generally go down where they are.
"We normally find them within five to ten metres of where they went down even after a few days.
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"This is the most baffling case that I have ever worked on.
"The police have nothing to go on.
"All they have is a mobile phone at the moment and they said it could possibly be a decoy."
He has also said that it is impossible that she could have drifted out to sea, and that it is "unlikely" that they will find her in the river.
After announcing the end of the search, Spaulding said he was "glad" not to have found Bulley in the river.
When did Nicola Bulley go missing?
Bulley went missing on January 27, 2023 in St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire.
She had just dropped her two children off at school, and was last seen at around 9.15am on that day, walking her dog Willow.
Police have revealed an area close to where Nicola vanished was not covered by CCTV at the time of her disappearance.
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As a result there is a ten-minute window where police cannot account for Nicola’s movements on that day.
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