Nicola Payne Inquiry

The new search for Nicola Payne, a teenager who went missing in 1991 has concluded.

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Men arrested in Nicola Payne inquiry named locally

Two men arrested in connection with the disappearance of a teenager in Coventry 21 years ago have been named locally as 74 year-old Patrick Judge and his 45 year-old son Keith.

Officers from the force searched parkland in the city for a second day after new information came to light about the disappearance of Nicola Payne, 18, who went missing in 1991.

West Midlands Police said the men were arrested in Coventry on suspicion of conspiracy to prevent the lawful and decent burial of a body.


Parents of Nicola Payne speak about the developments of the case

Nicola Payne went missing in 1991 Credit: PA Pictures

Nicola Payne's parents, John and Marilyn, have given a statement on the developments of the case.

Two men, aged 74 and 45 from Coventry, were arrested today on suspicion of conspiracy to prevent the lawful and decent burial of a body.

Her parents said:

"We have been kept fully informed by police of the actions at Purcell Road and we are aware of the time scales this may take.

"We have also been informed of the arrests today. As there is a lot of information for us to currently take in, we would please ask that you respect our privacy while this is happening.

"We hope the arrests and activity will allow anyone who may have important information to come forward and speak to the police. We can then finally find out what has happened to Nicola.

As well as the searches in parkland, police are also searching another address in Miles Meadow, Coventry in connection with the inquiry."


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