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Police appeal as search for Coventry mother Nicola Payne continues

By Steve Carpenter 19/06 Updated: 19/06 17:08

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Buy photos » DCI Matt Markham and Chief inspector Kerry Blakeman brief the media at the site being searched by specialised officers.

POLICE are confident that new information could help them find missing Coventry mother Nicola Payne.

Officers are continuing to search an area of parkland off Purcell Road in Courthouse Green in connection with the disappearance of Nicola, who disappeared 21 years ago.

The search taking place by police and search experts is as a result of new information which has come to light and been developed by detectives working on the case.

It is hoped today's search will generate fresh information or encourage witnesses to come forward and Officers are appealing for people to search their consciences about any information that they may have.

"Someone holds the information that is key to understanding what happened to Nicola," said Det Chief Insp Matt Markham.

"Over the past 21 years that person may have kept this information secret due to allegiances.

"Those allegiances may now have changed and we would urge you to consider the traumatic and painful years that Nicola's family has endured. Please allow us to give them the closure they deserve and come forward with that information."

Nicola was aged just 18 when she went missing from the Wood End area of the city on December 14 1991.

She had left her boyfriend's house in Winston Avenue to pick up some baby clothes for her seven-month-old son Owen but despite extensive enquiries, Nicola has not been seen or heard from since.

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Teen Nicola Payne went missing in December 1991. Last year a new picture of how she might look now was released in the hope she may still be alive.

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