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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".

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.


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.

Woman released on bail over Nicola Payne inquiry

West Midlands Police have released a 47-year-old woman on police bail, as part of the Nicola Payne missing persons inquiry in Coventry.

A 49-year-old man, who was also arrested this morning, remains in police custody.

The arrests are part of the ongoing police investigation into Nicola’s disappeance in December 1991.

Two 49-year-old men and a 51-year-old woman who were arrested in December 2013 in connection with the investigation remain on police bail in connection with the offence.

Two more arrests in missing Nicola Payne mystery

Detectives trying to solve the mystery of young mother Nicola Payne who went missing without trace in 1991 have arrested a 47-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman in Coventry this morning.


Two men arrested over missing mother are bailed

Two men, both aged 49, have been released on bail by officers investigating the disappearance of Nicola Payne 22 years ago.

They were arrested on Tuesday in Coventry on suspicion of Nicola’s abduction and murder.

A 51-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice was also granted conditional bail yesterday.

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Two men arrested in connection with Nicola Payne murder released on condition police bail

Nicola Payne arrests follow 21st anniversary appeal

The arrest of two men in the Nicola Payne enquiry comes after police hailed new forensic results as "a breakthrough" last week after police sent items from the case for new tests.

John and Marilyn Payne, parents of missing teenager Nicola Payne took part in the appeal last year. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The new testing followed a renewed appeal for information on the 21st anniversary of the mother's disappearance last December.

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