A spiritual medium found the body of mother-of-two Nicola Bulley in the River Wyre.
Jason Rothwell, 33, was seen in pictures pointing to the waters where Lancashire Police massed yesterday afternoon.
He and his friend, who MailOnline have cross-referenced to their social media presence, spoke to police who later retrieved the body.
It marked the latest development in the search for Ms Bulley, before the police press conference this evening confirmed the body is the missing 45-year-old’s.
Mr Rothwell, from Oldham, said before the conference: ‘It is with great regret that I have to address this issue at this time. But due to wide number of private enquires and threads now circulating on YouTube and TikTok, I feel I should but put a brief statement.
‘As has obviously become apparent, yes it is myself in the images in the media currently circulating relating to the case of Nicola Bulley and yes yesterday morning it was myself and a friend who reported and assisted the police in the recovery of a body from the river Wyre.
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