A missing mother of two who disappeared while walking her dog will never leave her children, a family friend said.
Nicola Bulley was last seen on Friday around 9.15am on a trail by the River Wyre off Garstang Road in the village of St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire.
Her cell phone was found on a nearby bench and was still connected to a conference call when it was discovered.
Miss Bulley’s dog, a spaniel named Willow, was found loose between the river and the bench.
Her partner of 12 years, Paul Ansell, said “the The girls are desperate to have their mummies back safe home with them”.
Heather Gibbons, a friend, told Sky News: “You go from hope to heartbreak, and just try to be strong, because all we wanted was to find her for her daughters. and for Paul.”
She added: “You want to keep the hope that no news is good news.
“But knowing Nikki, we just know that if she can stay home with her daughters, we firmly believe that’s where she will be. Her family is everything.”
Another friend, Emma White, described Ms Bulley as “kind, beautiful, lovely inside and out”, adding that her partner, Paul, was “as strong as possible”. ” for the couple’s 9 and 6 year old children.
“We don’t know why she’s missing, where she is, we just want her home,” she said.
The search for the 45-year-old mortgage advisor entered its sixth day on Wednesday, while detectives investigating her disappearance raised questions. “potentially important” witnesses.
The 70-year-old is believed to have been in the area at the time Ms. Bulley went missing.
A massive search involving diving teams of police, drones, firefighters and mountain rescue volunteers continues.
Friends and family are also part of an extensive community search.
Officers said they were “extremely concerned” for Ms Bulley’s welfare, but stressed that the investigation was still a missing person investigation and there was currently nothing to suggest party involvement. third in her disappearance.
She is from Chelmsford, Essex and has lived in Lancashire in 25 years.
Police said she spoke with an Essex accent.
She is described as Caucasian, 1.5m tall, with shoulder-length light brown hair.
Mrs Bulley was last seen wearing a long black hooded waistcoat, black jeans and olive green ankles. Her hair was tied into a ponytail.
Like Inskip and St Michael’s on Wyre, she is also affiliated with the Thornton Cleveys.