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Third person bailed in Nicola Payne investigation

Police have released a third man on bail, as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Coventry mother, Nicola Payne.

The 49-year-old man was re-arrested in Coventry earlier today, on suspicion of murder and abduction.

Police arrested and bailed two other people yesterday. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and abduction, and a 51-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

All three are on police bail until the summer pending further enquiries.

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Police: Community may hold key to Nicola mystery

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Coventry mother more than 22 years ago today said they believed the community may hold the key to solving the mystery of what happened to her.

It comes after the re-arrest of two people after new evidence was discovered - which officers say shows there are still people who have not spoken out before, who may have information vital to the case.

Investigating officer Det Insp Martin Slevin said investigations were still ongoing.

Today’s arrests show that there is still information held within the community that has not previously been known to the inquiry.

We continue to urge anyone that holds any relevant information to contact the incident room at Willenhall Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

– DI Martin Slevin, West Midlands Police

He said Nicola's family had been told about the developments.

A £10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Nicola's location.

Police re-arrest two people over Nicola Payne mystery

Two people have this morning been re-arrested over the disappearance of mother-of-one Nicola Payne, who went missing 22 years ago.

Nicola Payne was 18 when she went missing in Coventry Credit: ITV News Central

A 50-year-old man was re-arrested on suspicion of Nicola’s murder and abduction at his home address in Coventry at 7.30am this morning, while a 51-year-old woman was re-arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Both had been arrested over 18-year-old Nicola's disappearance on a previous occasion - and police today said the re-arrests came after new evidence was discovered.

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Police hunt suspect in 1991 missing mother inquiry

A man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Coventry mother more than 20 years ago is being hunted by police after failing to answer bail.

The 49-year-old man, whom West Midlands Police are not naming, was arrested in December on suspicion of abduction and murder by detectives investigating the disappearance of Nicola Payne in Coventry in 1991.

Nicola Payne disappeared from Coventry in 1991. Credit: PA/Family Handout

A force spokesman said: "Police in Coventry are actively seeking a man after he failed to answer his bail yesterday."

18-year-old Nicola Payne disappeared as she walked to her parents' home on December 14. 1991. Her son Owen was seven months old.

Nicola Payne woodland search reveals 'items of interest'

Police searching woodland in connection with the disappearance of missing Coventry mum Nicola Payne have revealed 'items of interest'.

Police say the items 'require further detailed examination to eliminate them as being of significance to the inquiry'.

Nicola Payne disappeared in December 1991 Credit: ITV News Central

The searches have lasted three days following new information into the disappearance in December 1991.

The investigation remains ongoing. Five people arrested in connection with her disappearance remain on police bail.

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Final day of searches in Coventry country park

Nicola Payne disappeared in December 1991 Credit: ITV News Central

Detectives investigating the disappeance a mother from Coventry, who was last seen 22 years ago, are expected to complete their search of Coombe Country Park, near Coombe Abbey today. Nicola Payne disappeared in December 1991.

Experts began sifting through the woodland on Monday. Five people arrested in connection with the investigation remain on bail.

Police appeal for more information

Police continue to search woodland on the border of Coventry in connection with the disappearance of Nicola Payne from Coventry 22 years ago.

Nicola Payne was 18 when she vanished from the Wood End area of the city in December 1991. Searches at the Coombe Abbey Country Park began early this morning. It follows the arrest and bail of four people in connection with the disappearance in recent weeks.

West Midlands police made this appeal today:

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Police search woodland in hunt for missing mother

Police officers are searching woodland at Coombe Abbey Country Park in Coventry, as part of the inquiry into the disappearance of Nicola Payne.

West Midlands Police officers search the area of Coventry woodland. Credit: ITV News

On December 14, 1991, an 18-year-old Nicola went missing on the 10 minute walk from her boyfriend's home to her parents' home in Woodway Close, Woodway Park, just 10 minutes away, taking a shortcut across waste ground. Her son Owen was seven months old at the time.

Police officers and search dogs are currently scouring an area at Coombe Abbey Country Park. Credit: ITV News

West Midlands Police, who started searching the area this morning, said the searches were prompted by "new information".

Coombe Abbey Park investigated by police

Nicola Payne went missing in 1991 Credit: ITV News Central

Police are searching an area of woodland on the border of Coventry following new information that has come to light recently.

Part of Coombe Abbey Country Park was cordoned off at 8am today. Detective Inspector Martin Slevin, who is leading the investigation, said:

"The investigation into the disappearance of Nicola Payne continues to attract new information and intelligence. "Officers remain determined to discover what happened to Nicola when she went missing in 14 December 1991 and to bring offenders to justice and bring closure to Nicola’s family."

"Specially trained Police search officers will lead the search supported by forensic scene examiners and Cadaver dogs. They will be supported by scientists from various disciplines, who will be on site during the next few days."

"As this investigation has progressed we have received new information and intelligence. I would urge anybody who has any information, no matter how small or insignificant they may feel it is, to contact the incident room at Willenhall Police station or in confidence via Crimestoppers."

There is a £10,000 reward available for information that leads to the discovery of Nicola Payne. Her family are aware of developments and being supported by West Midlands Police.

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