Two people have this morning been re-arrested over the disappearance of mother-of-one Nicola Payne, who went missing 22 years ago.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier this week officers began searching woodland in the city after receiving "new information". The search revealed "items of interest," according to police.
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'.
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.
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 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:
Police officers are searching woodland at Coombe Abbey Country Park in Coventry, as part of the inquiry into the disappearance of Nicola Payne.
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.
West Midlands Police, who started searching the area this morning, said the searches were prompted by "new information".
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.
BREAKING - Officers investigating the disappearance of Coventry teenager Nicola Payne are to start searching an area of woodland today.
The searches are part of the ongoing investigation to discover what happened to Nicola when she went missing over 22 years ago.
The searches yesterday didn’t recover anything of interest to the investigation team, but enquires remain very much ongoing into Nicola’s disappearance in December 1991.
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.
Police investigating the disappearance of Coventry mum Nicola Payne have now completed their searches of an area of land in Binley.
The search lasted for six hours in overgrown woodland off Dunrose Close yesterday.