Coventry & Warwickshire

Nicola Payne disappearance: Man and woman rearrested

Nicola Payne and her six-month-old baby Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Nicola Payne was last seen on 14 December 1991

Police investigating the disappearance of a Coventry mother more than 20 years ago have rearrested two people.

Nicola Payne, 18, was last seen on 14 December 1991 in the Henley Green area.

A man, 50, was rearrested at his home address in Coventry earlier on suspicion of murder and abduction and a woman, 51, was rearrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

West Midlands Police said both had been released on bail until the summer, pending further inquiries.

Both were originally arrested in December 2013.

Family aware

The last reported sighting of Ms Payne was of her leaving Winston Avenue as she made her way back from her boyfriend's family home. She had a seven-month-old baby at the time.

Det Insp Martin Slevin, from West Midlands Police, said: "The investigation into Nicola's disappearance continues and today's arrests show that there is still information held within the community that has not previously been known to the inquiry."

Ms Payne's family were aware of the latest developments and are being supported by specially-trained officers, he added.

Since new evidence came to light in December 2013, three men and two women have been arrested in connection with the inquiry.

No-one has ever been charged over her disappearance.

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