Nicola Payne Disappearance Timeline

Two men from Coventry have been arrested on suspicion of the abduction and murder of Nicola Payne. Read a timeline of the case.

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Police search land in Coventry for missing Nicola Payne

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

Police investigating the disappearance of Coventry mum Nicola Payne 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 and officers will carry out a detailed search of an area of grassland and woods.

DI Martin Slevin, who is leading the inquiry into Nicola’s disappearance, said: “The area of land being looked at is as a result of ongoing enquiries into the disappearance of Nicola in December 1991. At this stage it is a preliminary search of an area of interest to us."

Two men, both aged 49 and a 51-year-old woman who were arrested in December 2013 in connection with the investigation, remain on police bail while enquiries are ongoing.

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One bailed two held over disappearance of Nicola Payne

A woman arrested in connection with the disappearance of Nicola Payne in Coventry 22 years ago has been released on bail.

The 18-year-old had a seven-month-old son at the time she went missing near her home in December 1991.

The 51-year-old woman was arrested yesterday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Two 49-year-old men, who were also arrested on suspicion of the murder and abduction of the teenager mother, are being held for questioning for a further 36 hours.

Three held over missing Coventry mother Nicola Payne

Police are tonight still questioning three people over the disappearance of Coventry mother Nicola Payne.

The 18-year-old was last seen in the city in December 1991.

Earlier today two men both aged 49 were arrested at their homes in the Bell Green and Stoke areas of Coventry on suspicion of her abduction and murder.

A 51-year-old woman from the Bell Green area was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

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Nicola Payne disappearance: Three arrested in Coventry

Two men have been arrested in Coventry on suspicion of the abduction and murder of Nicola Payne, who went missing 22 years ago.

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

The two men are both aged 49 and were arrested at 8am this morning in the Bell Green and Stoke areas of Coventry.

A 51-year-old woman was also arrested at the Bell Green address on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

All three suspects are being questioned by detectives at police stations in the West Midlands.

Nicola disappeared in Coventry on 14 December 1991 and the mother-of-one has not been seen since.

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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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