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Timeline: Nicola Payne disappearance

Nicola Payne
Image caption Nicola Payne was last seen leaving her home on 14 December 1991

Police investigating the disappearance of Nicola Payne in Coventry 22 years ago have arrested three people.

The mother of one, who was 18 at the time, went missing in the Henley Green area while walking to her parents' house.

The case has remained open ever since.

14 December 1991

Nicola Payne goes missing while walking to her parents' house from the home she shared with her boyfriend just half a mile away in Winston Avenue.

December 1998

Her parents make a new appeal for information, although her mother says she is unlikely to be found alive.

Image caption The Henley Green area was searched by police

March 2003

Police say the case will remain open until they find out what happened to the teenager.

May 2005

A series of adverts are displayed on lorries in an appeal for information.

December 2005

The case features on TV programme The Missing, aimed at reuniting missing persons with their families.

August 2007

Nicola Payne's son Owen, now 16, makes a fresh appeal for information.

Image caption Nicola Payne's son was just seven months old when she went missing

November 2007

A 37-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of abducting and murdering Nicola Payne, although no charges are brought.

June 2008

Police searching for her dig up a garden at a house in Winston Avenue, although nothing is found.

December 2011

Police launch another fresh appeal, 20 years after Miss Payne's disappearance.

June 2012

Police launch a search of parkland off Purcell Road after receiving new information.

Image caption Police cordoned off the area around Purcell Road

A day later, two men are arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to prevent the lawful and decent burial of a body. Nothing is found in the park and the men are later released without charge.

December 2012

Police make a fresh appeal to trace two men seen near where Nicola Payne went missing.

January 2013

Officers say calls following the latest appeal have produced 25 new leads.

December 2013

New forensic tests are carried out on items recovered during the inquiry.

Three people are arrested in connection with Nicola Payne's disappearance.

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