'New lines of enquiry' in mystery of missing mother

A forensic breakthrough has been made in the disappearance of Coventry mother Nicola Payne, who was last seen leaving her boyfriend's house 22 years ago.

Several new lines of enquiry in missing mother mystery

A "number" of new lines of enquiry have emerged from a re-appeal for information following a forensic breakthrough in the case of a young mother who has been missing for 22 years.

Nicola Payne was last seen leaving her boyfriend's house in Coventry, setting off on the short journey to her parents' house.

Nicola Payne and her seven-month-old son
Nicola Payne and her seven-month-old son Credit: West Midlands Police

But she never arrived - and, as tomorrow marks the 22nd anniversary of her disappearance, police are hoping that cutting-edge forensic technology will finally cast light on the mystery.

Det Insp Martin Slevin said:

We have received a number of calls relating to Nicola’s disappearance and some have given us new and interesting lines of inquiry to follow up.

We are asking for anyone who hasn’t phoned us yet and who has information to come forward. We are determined to find what happened to Nicola and bring closure to her family.

Missing Nicola's parents welcome breakthrough

The parents of missing mother Nicola Payne have welcomed news of a forensic breakthrough in her disappearance, saying they are desperate for closure.

John and Marilyn Payne said they have suffered for 22 years not knowing what became of their 18-year-old daughter, who vanished as she made the short journey home from her boyfriend's house.

Nicola's parents, Marilyn and John Payne, say they just want closure on the case
Nicola's parents, Marilyn and John Payne, say they just want closure on the case Credit: ITV News Central

In a statement today, John and Marilyn Payne also urged anyone who may know anything about her disappearance to contact police as soon as possible.

We, as a family, welcome any breakthrough that may lead us to finding out what happened to Nicola and bringing us some closure and we fully support their investigations.

It has been nearly 22 years since our daughter Nicola went missing. For many years we have suffered not knowing what has happened to her.

We await the result of these forensic tests and ask if there is anyone who has information that will assist the police to please make contact with officers.

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Witnesses still needed in missing mother mystery

Officers involved in the reopened case of missing mother Nicola Payne, who went missing 22 years ago, say they still need anyone with information to come forward.

The message comes as police reveal they may have made a key forensic breakthrough in trying to discover what happened to the 18-year-old more than two decades ago.

Det Insp Martin Slevin said the 21st anniversary appeal last December turned up several fresh lines of inquiry which have been developed over the past 12 months.

The re-appeal focused on two men spotted standing by a blue Ford Capri parked near Nicola's route home on the day she disappeared.

Nicola re-appeal focused on two men spotted nearby

The 21st anniversary appeal into the disappearance of missing mother Nicola Payne focused on two men spotted near the area she was last seen.

Nicola, who was 18 at the time, left her boyfriend's home in Winston Avenue, Wood End, Coventry, at around midday on December 14, 1991, heading to her parents' home in nearby Woodway Close. She is thought to have walked across a patch of land known as the Black Pad - but never arrived.

Two men were spotted standing near a blue Ford Capri nearby that day. They have never been identified.

Nicola Payne
Nicola Payne Credit: ITV News Central

Both men were white, one around 6ft and wearing a brown leather jacket, and the other 6ft 3ins and thin, with short brown hair parted to the side, and wearing a brown bomber-style jacket with a hoodie and light blue denim jeans.

They were standing next to the Capri, which was parked by the Cardinal Wiseman school playing fields, which borders the Black Pad. It is thought to be a 1980 or V-reg, with a black spoiler and dirty wheels.

Police today said they are unable to confirm whether the new evidence relates to the two men.

A blue Ford Capri, similar to the one spotted on the day Nicola went missing
A blue Ford Capri, similar to the one spotted on the day Nicola went missing Credit: West Midlands Police

Detective says new Nicola Payne evidence is 'exciting'

Detectives investigating the 22-year-old disappearance of young Coventry mother Nicola Payne have described the latest evidence in the case as "exciting".

The new developments have come about after a 21st anniversary re-appeal last December.

Det Insp Martin Slevin, who is leading the inquiry, said forensic analysis would be carried out in the coming weeks - and vowed to explore every avenue to try to solve the mystery.

A dedicated team of detectives continues to work on the case of Nicola’s disappearance. Over the past year we have gone right back to the start of the investigation and reviewed every piece of information that has come into the inquiry.

As a result we have submitted some items for cutting edge forensic testing and other enquiries are currently ongoing.

We will always act on any new information to find out what happened to Nicola and bring some closure to her family, who are being kept informed of all new developments

The inquiry is constantly reviewed and it is hoped that this breakthrough may bring us some answers as to what happened to Nicola that day.

The latest developments are exciting and we will not give up exploring every opportunity to solve this case.

– DI Martin Slevin, West Midlands Police

Forensic breakthrough in mystery of missing mother

New forensic evidence has been uncovered in the 22-year-old mysterious disappearance of Coventry mother Nicola Payne.

Police say they have sent a number of items off for analysis - and they hope the results could provide answers over what happened.

Nicola Payne
Nicola Payne Credit: West Midlands Police

Saturday marks the 22-year anniversary of Nicola's disappearance.

The 18-year-old, who had a seven-month-old son, was last seen leaving her boyfriend's home in Winston Avenue, Wood End at around midday on Saturday 14 December 1991, to walk the short distance to her parents’ home in Woodway Close.

But she never arrived.

Police launched a fresh appeal for information to mark the 21st anniversary of her going missing - and the new evidence has come as a result of their efforts.

Read: The Case of Nicola Payne

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