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Family of Nicola Payne are desperate for new information that could help to find their daughter

Nicola Payne Photo: West Midlands Police

The parents of an 18-year-old woman who went missing exactly 21 years ago say they're desperate for information that could help them find their daughter.

Nicola Payne went missing from the Wood End area of Coventry after leaving her boyfriend's house to walk the short distance across land known as the Black Path.

She's never been seen since.

"We can't believe it's been 21 years since our daughter, Nicola, disappeared. Nicola was a bubbly and loving daughter, who would never have left her baby son. We will never give up hope of finding Nicola and putting an end to our suffering and have closure. We are extremely grateful for the interest and support we have encountered from the community and the police over the last 21 years. We ask that if anyone has any information, no matter how small or insignificant they think it is, they contact the police."

– Nicola's parents John and Marilyn

Police have made a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward.

They're keen to identify two men seen on the playing fields of Cardinal Wiseman School, in the Potters Green area, at around 12:15 to 12:30 on Saturday 14th December 1991.

The men are described as white, one was six foot tall, well built and he wore a brown leather jacket. The other was six foot three inches tall, thin build with short brown hair and a side parting. He was wearing a brown leather style jacket, light hooded sweat shirt and light blue denim jeans.

"Two men were seen acting suspiciously close to the Convent situated at the junction of Frankwell Drive and Potters Green Road. This is only 100 metres from where Nicola was last seen at the time of her last reported sighting. The men were by a distinctive metallic blue Ford Capri motor car which had a black spoiler, chrome wheels and was possibly 'V' registered."

– Detective Inspector Martin Slevin
Ford Capri, similar to the one police describe Credit: West Midlands Police

Nicola disappeared seven months after the birth of her son, Owen, he's now 21 and lives with John and Marilyn.

The couple say Owen is similar in many ways to his mother and he's one of the reasons they've never given up hope of finding out exactly what happened to their daughter.

They've even offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

Today, officers will distribute leaflets and use the Coventry Police social media sites to post messages and tweets to encourage new witnesses to come forward.

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