A body has been found in a river during the search for missing British mother-of-two Nicola Bulley.
The 45-year-old went missing in St Michael’s on Wyre while walking her dog after dropping her daughters, aged six and nine, to school on 27 January.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said officers were called to reports of a body in the River Wyre close to Rawcliffe Road at around 11.35am.
A statement 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.
“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.”
The investigation into her disappearance has attracted widespread speculation as well as criticism of the police response.
The force came under fire after making Ms Bulley’s struggles with alcohol and peri-menopause public three weeks after she disappeared.
In a press conference on Wednesday, they revealed the mother-of-two was classed as a “high-risk” missing person immediately after her partner Paul Ansell reported her disappearance, “based on a number of specific vulnerabilities”.