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£30,000 reward to find missing mum's body

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The family of a missing mum are making a fresh appeal for information exactly 27 after she went missing.

18-year-old Nicola Payne disappeared while walking home from her boyfriend's house across a patch of land known as the Black Pad on December 14, 1991.

Nicola - who had a six-month-old baby boy at the time - was never seen again and despite a huge police investigation, numerous searches across the city and a reward of £30,000 available for information, her loved ones still have many unanswered questions.

John and Marilyn

Her parents, John and Marilyn, have always pleaded for anyone who knows what happened to come forward, but another year has passed and they are no nearer to finding out the truth.

Marilyn said: "It never stops. I can't believe it's 27 years. It's hit this year, it really has."

John added: "I just want to find her and bring her home."

The festive period is a constant reminder to Nicola's loved ones of the time that she disappeared from their lives.

"It's still a problem at Christmas," says Marilyn.

"I don't want to put a tree up and celebrate it.

"Whenever anybody goes missing or someone loses someone, it's always sad. But around Christmas..."

Her husband John said: "I don't want to be a killjoy, but it's just that time.

"I look at the date and think 'oh it's December' and I say 'that's another year Nic - when will we get to find you'."

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While the police investigation in to Nicola's disappearance remains open, the case has also been taken on by investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas.

The family's efforts include a reward of £30,000 which remains in place for information that leads to the discovery of Nicola's body.

The reward was originally £10,000 but was tripled last year on the 26th anniversary of her disappearance.

Marilyn hopes it will help convince somebody to speak out and added: "If they've kept quiet for 27 years and the reward is still there, I don't think they'll come forward now.

"But I do have hope."