Nicola Bulley was identified by dental records, inquest hears

Nicola Bulley was identified by dental records, an inquest into her death has heard.

The mother-of-two, 45, was found by members of the public in the reeds of the River Wyre in Lancashire on Sunday - a mile from the bench where her mobile phone had been recovered 23 days earlier.

The opening of an inquest into her death at Lancashire Coroner’s Court today heard that she was identified by dental records.

No family members were present and no cause of death were provided during the short four-minute hearing, with the case adjourned until June later this year.

It comes after Ms Bulley's partner Paul Ansell, 44, and relatives said police had confirmed their 'worst fears' when the body was formally identified on Monday.

Mother-of-two Ms Bulley (pictured) was discovered on Sunday morning in the River Wyre in Lancashire, more than three weeks on from when she disappeared 

Nicola Bulley, 45, and her partner Paul Ansell. The mother-of-two's body was found on Sunday

Her sister yesterday revealed her anguish in a poignant social media tribute. 

Louise Cunningham, 41, who has been at the centre of the 'Bring Nikki Back Home' social media campaign, has shared a yellow heart on Facebook in memory of her sibling.

 Friends and her old school in Essex have also shared tributes and urged people to 'spread the love for Nikki'.

Ms Bulley's body was found on a stretch of the river just past a slight bend, a mile or so outside the village, close to where a tree had fallen on its side half in and half out of the water, with branches and undergrowth partially submerged.

It is understood that a man and a woman discovered the body and called police - who said they were called to the River Wyre close to Rawcliffe Road at around 11.35am on Sunday.

Police had erected a tent and cordoned off the lane while police divers were called in, but the road was reopened around three hours later once the body was recovered.

Meanwhile, TikTok has vowed to take action against social media sleuths who disrupted the search and posted distressing conspiracy theories online.

Nicola Bulley's sister Louise Cunningham has shared this yellow heart as the family comes to terms with her death today

Louise, left with her late sister Nikki, far right, had been central to the social media campaign to find her missing ...