Possible excavation in search for Nicola Payne

Nicola Payne Photo: PA Pictures

Police in Coventry may excavate parkland in the second day of the search for a teenage mother who disappeared more than twenty years ago.

Nicola Payne was 18 when she went missing in Coventry in December 1991.

Police began searching parkland yesterday after new information emerged and say there are some areas of interest within a small area of the woodland which will need detailed examination of the ground, with a possible excavation.

DCI Matt Markham said the police have made good progress with clearing the undergrowth to examine ground.

He said the focus is in this one area but police have not ruled out finding other areas of interest.

"The search has been progressing well, we currently have around 25 to 30 officers working on the search and investigation into Nicola's disappearance.

"We are committed to investigating any new information with the aim of bringing closure to Nicola's family, who have endured a painful and traumatic 21 years since her disappearance."

– Det Chief Insp Matt Markham
Police in parkland use a mobile scanning device as they search for teenager Nicola Payne, who went missing 21 years ago. Credit: PA