Final picture of Nicola Bulley as heartbreaking details released at inquest


Heartbreaking pictures showing Nicola Bulley and her family getting ready for their days moments before she accidentally fell to her death have been released as part of an inquest looking into the tragedy.

The mum-of-two can be seen on the family's Ring doorbell camera before she took her children to school on January 27. Nicola would then take the family dog Willow for a walk along the River Wyre in St Michaels on Wyre, Lancashire.

Wearing a black coat, leggings, ankle boots, and her hair tied in a ponytail, it would appear a routine day for Nicola - known affectionately as Nikki. She was then seen getting into the car.

A short while later however, while on a work call, Nicola disappeared. What came next was a massive three-week search for the 45-year-old that involved specialist search teams and police officers.

Nicola's body was found on February 19. On Tuesday, June 27, her death was ultimately ruled to be an accident.

It is now understood she fell into the river at around 9.18am. She died shortly afterwards.

During a two-day inquest, it was revealed Nicola's concerned partner Paul Ansell sent her a message asking if she had "got lost" after failing to hear from her. The inquest also heard she was "full of beans" in the weeks before her disappearance.

Coroner Dr James Adeley accepted she was not suicidal at the time. The inquest, at Preston County Hall, concluded Nicola died of drowning.

Following senior coroner Dr Adeley's verdict on Tuesday, Nikki's family released another statement describing her as a "brilliant mum and partner" who was "loved so very much".

The statement, released by Hudgells Solicitors, also revealed the family continued to be targeted by vile messages and speculation from people online.

"The last few months have been extremely tough to process for our family," they said in the statement read outside the coroners court.

"The emotional impact will stay long in our hearts and whilst we will never forget the loss of our Nikki, we will forever remember her as a brilliant mum, partner, daughter and sister that we all knew and loved so very much.

"The help and support we have received over these past few months has meant more than words can say.

"From family and friends to complete strangers across the country and the world, thank you."

The family added: "Nikki and Paul's girls have already taken great comfort in the deeply thoughtful gifts sent to them in goodwill and in time they will read the many cards that are filled with such kindness and love.

"Sadly, we feel the need to again raise and address the issue of social media.

"It's upsetting that we've continued to receive negative targeted messages and still wildly inaccurate speculation being shared on numerous platforms."

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