Nicola Bulley: Body identified by dental records

Nicola Bulley

The cause of death was not revealed during the brief hearing

Nicola Bulley, 45, was identified by dental records, the opening of her inquest at Lancashire Coroner’s Court has heard.

An inquest into her death opened at Preston Coroner’s Court at 12pm today and lasted about five minutes.

The cause of death was not revealed during the brief hearing, which was not attended by Nicola’s family.

Preston Coroner’s Court was told maxillofacial surgeon Andrew Ian Edwards examined the 45-year-old’s dental records, which were obtained by police from her dental surgery.

Speaking at the opening of the inquest into the mother-of-two’s death, senior coroner Dr James Adeley said: “He examined the body that was located in the River Wyre near Rawcliffe Road in St Michael’s on Wyre at 2.15pm on February 20.”

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Dr Adeley said the surgeon found restorative work carried out was identical.

He added: “I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities, and more, that positive identification has been made.”

Dr Adeley said: “The family have been informed of the date, time and place of the opening of the inquest and have chosen not to attend for reasons I can quite understand.”

He said remaining evidence gathered by police and the post-mortem examination required “further evaluation” and a full inquest was likely to be held in June, once availability of a Home Office pathologist had been checked.

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