Case Of Nicola Payne

The family of a missing mother from Coventry have marked what would have been her 40th birthday.

Nicola Payne went missing 21-years-ago near her home in the Wood End area of the city.

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Search underway for missing mum 21-years on

West Midlands Police officers at the search site in Coventry Credit: PA Pictures

Police investigating the disappearance of a young Coventry mum 21 years ago are continuing to search parkland following new information about the case.

Police tents have been erected at the search site in Coventry Credit: PA Pictures

West Midlands Police said a number of specialist teams are scouring an area of cordoned-off parkland off Purcell Road in Coventry in connection with the disappearance of Nicola Payne in 1991. Her son Owen was six months old at the time.

Community Support Officers at the scene in Coventry Credit: PA Pictures

The 18-year-old left her boyfriend's home to walk to her parents house nearby, but she never arrived.

Searches, which include the use of ground x-ray equipment, are expected to last several days


Police on the investigation for Nicola Payne

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Markham, from Force CID on the investigation

"Today's activity is as a direct result of new information which has been developed by detectives working on the case.

"The investigation into Nicola's disappearance has always remained open and any new information has been examined.

"We are today continuing to appeal for new information and would urge the local community to think back as to whether they saw anything suspicious on or around the 14 December 1991, either at this location or where Nicola was last sighted, near to the Black Pad in Wood End."

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