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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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Police search woodland in search for Nicola Payne

Nicola Payne police 'didn't recover anything' in search

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.

– DI Martin Slevin, West Midlands Police

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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.

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.

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