Crime experts reveal five theories behind Nicola Bulley’s mystery disappearance

One of the UK’s leading crime experts has revealed the five possible theories that police will consider as the search for missing mother Nicola Bulley enters its eighth day.

Last Friday morning, the mother-of-two from Inskip, Lancashire, vanished while walking her dog after dropping off her daughters, aged six and nine, at school.

Officers are likely to be considering a number of options in relation to the 45-year-old mortgage adviser, according to David Wilson, emeritus professor of criminology at Birmingham City University.

Nicola’s phone, which had been dialled into a work call but was on mute with the camera turned on, was discovered on a bench, along with her dog’s harness. A dog walker nearby discovered the distressed animal.

Nicola’s distraught parents launched an emotional search for their daughter today, urging anyone with information about her whereabouts to come forward.

According to Professor Wilson, someone goes missing in the UK every 90 seconds in any given year, and the vast majority of the 180,000 people who go missing are found within 24 to 48 hours.

“It’s usually one of five things: there’s been some kind of accident; or a suicide; or a person voluntarily goes missing, they want to get away for a completely fresh start, a different life; they’ve been abducted or they’ve been murdered,” he added.

Lancashire Police have stated that they believe no crime has been committed and are treating the incident as a missing person investigation.

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