Nicola Bulley expert makes list of ‘deposition sites’ where body could be buried

A list of ditches, hedgerows and woods of where Nicola Bulley’s body could be buried has been drawn up by a forensic search expert.

Peter Faulding began looking for clues on land for the location of the missing mum after his detailed scans of the River Wyre around St Michael’s, Lancashire, produced no results.

The private search specialist said that “normally people aren’t found too far away, often within a couple of miles”.

“I’m looking at Ordnance Survey maps of the surrounding areas to search for possible deposition sites,” he told The Times.

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Peter said he was going to focus on “ditches, hedgerows, wooded areas where it is possible to park a vehicle and deposit a body without being seen".

He added that people living within a few miles of the tiny Lancashire village of St Michael's on Wyre should be on the lookout for “any suspicious activity.”

Peter’s announcement follows a call by Paul Ansell, Nicola’s partner, for a detailed search of “every house, every garage, every outbuilding” in the area.

Paul has made it clear that he disagrees with the Lancashire Police theory that Nicola suffered an accident and fell into the river while walking their dog, Willow.

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The local force has also come in for criticism from Martyn Underhill, a former Sussex Police Force detective who was a senior officer in the Sarah Payne murder investigation.

He said that the bench, where Nicola’s phone and Willow’s lead were found, will have have been closely examined by police on the day she was reported missing.

“That bench on that river in my view should have gone to a forensic laboratory,” he said. “If Nicola had been attacked there could be blood spatterings on it. Sadly it’s still in situ. It is questionable to put it bluntly.”

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His words were echoed by former Met Police detective Simon Harding, who wrote in the Sunday Times: "You would expect the area where Nicola was last seen to be cordoned off… to stop people descending on it as a tasteless tourist spot and trampling the area — losing any potential evidence”.

He added: “If every possible route in and out of that area is not covered by CCTV — as is likely in the countryside — you simply cannot be sure that someone else is not involved”.

While Lancashire Police maintain that no foul play is suspected in Nicola’ case, they have taken the step of calling for any motorists who may have been driving past the Garstang Lane exit from the river bank on that fateful Friday morning to get in touch.

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