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Map shows exact location of body found compared to where Nicola Bulley vanished

The exact location of the body discovered during the hunt for missing mum Nicola Bulley has been revealed.

The body was discovered by two dog walkers around a mile away from where Nicola’s phone was found still connected to a work call.

A parent to two girls, Nicola went missing while walking her dog Willow near St Michael's on Wyre, on January 27.

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No formal identification of the body has yet been carried out, however, the family of Ms Bulley is understood to have been informed promptly about the discovery.

A map has now been created giving the exact distances and geography between the two locations.

The two walkers made the find about a mile downstream in the river Wyre, and just south of a nearby caravan park and fish farm.

Expert divers were called in by Lancashire Police and a cordon was quickly set up around the location of the body after it was called in at 11:35am on Sunday, theMirrorreports.

In a statement, Lancashire Police said: "An underwater search team and specialist officers have subsequently attended the scene, entered the water and have sadly recovered a body.

"No formal identification has yet been carried out, so we are unable to say whether this is Nicola Bulley at this time.

"Procedures to identify the body are ongoing. We are currently treating the death as unexplained.

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"Nicola's family have been informed of developments and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult of times. We ask that their privacy is respected."

A photographer at the scene told the Mirror: “It all happened so fast. Police have sealed all the roads off. It's fair to say a massive search is underway.”

The discovery, more than three weeks after the mum, 45, went missing comes despite the stretch of river where the body was found understood to have been searched before.

Peter Faulding, leader of Specialist Group International which offered its services to the operation to find Nicola free of charge, said: “I was there for three days as a volunteer.

"The police search teams walked that river every day. Up and down, up and down.

"When we searched that part, she was not laying on the bottom of the river, but we were only there for one day. We are going down on with a boat towing the sonar. We're not searching reeds."

Calling off his search on February 9, Mr Faulding said: “My belief is she's not in the river at all."

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