Coventry & Warwickshire

Family of missing Nicola Payne still hope to find her

Nicola Payne
Image caption Nicola Payne went missing on 14 December 1991

The family of a woman missing for 21 years say they have not given up hope despite a three-day search of parkland being called off.

Nicola Payne, 18, went missing from the Wood End area of Coventry in 1991.

Acting on information, police started searching land close to where she lived but it is understood no remains were found.

Ms Payne's father, John, said they just want to find her to "bring her home (and) put her to rest".

Two men, aged 74 and 45, arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of conspiring to prevent the lawful burial of a body have been released.

Police 'committed'

Mr Payne said: "The amount of information they've got, the resources they put into it, we were really thinking: 'Well, they must know something. Something positive could come out of this'

"The police have done very well. They have kept us informed all the way.

"They got a bit of evidence and it just shows you how committed they are themselves....they will follow it up.

Image caption Mr Payne said he was pleased with how the police had responded to the information

"Hopefully we will find an answer one day. We just want to find her, bring her home, put her to rest, where we know where she is."

Miss Payne was last seen near to the Black Pad in Wood End on 14 December 1991. She had a six-month old son.

A £10,000 reward has previously been set up by her family and friends for information leading to the discovery of her whereabouts or the recovery of her body.

Her brother, Nigel, appealed to anyone with information to come forward and "name their price".

He said: "If it brought about finding my sister, tell us where she is, don't care who it is, don't care where it comes from...you name your price."

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