Police probing disappearance of mother search woodland

Police investigating the disappearance of Coventry mother Nicola Payne, 22 years ago, have begun searching woodland in the city after receiving "new information".

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".

Nicola Payne inquiry attracts 'new information'

Detective Inspector Martin Slevin, who is leading the investigation into the disappearance of missing Coventry mother Nicola Payne, says the inquiry continues to attract "new information and intelligence".

18-year-old Nicola's son Owen was just months old when the young mother disappeared while on a 10 minute walk back to her parents' home on December 14, 1991.

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Woodland search in hunt for missing Coventry mother

Police officers investigating the disappearance of a young Coventry mother 22 years ago have begun searching woodland in the city.

Nicola Payne photographed with her son Owen. Credit: Family handout.

West Midlands Police cordoned off part of Coombe Abbey Country Park this morning following the receipt of "new information".

18-year-old Nicola Payne disappeared as she walked to her parents' home on December 14. 1991.

Five people, three men and two women who have been arrested in connection with the investigation remain on police bail while inquiries are ongoing.