Nicola Payne Disappearance Timeline

The disappearance of Nicola Payne

  • Nicola Payne, an 18-year-old from Coventry, went missing in the Wood End area of the city on 14 December 1991.
  • At the time of her disappearance, Nicola was travelling to her parents' house on Woodway Close having left her home in Winston Avenue. She is thought to have walked across a patch of land known as the Black Pad - but never arrived at her parents' residence. She has not been seen since.
  • In 2008, police excavated a garden in Winston Avenue but nothing was found.
A blue Ford Capri, similar to the one spotted on the day Nicola Credit: West Midlands Police
  • Police started searching an area of parkland off Purcell Road in Coventry on 19 June, 2012. This came after detectives received new information in relation to her disappearance. The search was begun based on new information.
  • Two men arrested 21 June, 2012. A 74-year-old man was released without charge and a 45-year-old man bailed to an address outside Coventry pending further enquiries, but charges were dropped in August of that year.
  • The search ended on 22 June, 2012, having failed to reveal any evidence or items relating to what happened to Nicola.
Police have finished the searches of parkland off Purcell Road and at an address in Miles Meadow Credit: PA
  • December 12, 2013, almost 22 years to the day since Nicola went missing, police revealed they had uncovered new forensic evidence. Police said they had sent a number of items off for analysis - and hoped the results could provide answers.
  • December 17, 2013, two men from Coventry were arrested on suspicion of the abduction and murder of Nicola. A woman was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. The arrests were made in the Stoke and Bell Green areas of the city.
Nicola Payne disappeared in 1991 Credit: ITV News Central
  • February 10, 2014, police investigating the disappearance of Nicola reveal they are carrying out a preliminary search of an area of land on a local nature reserve. The land is located off Dunrose Close in Binley.