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Nicola Payne: Parents speak of 'heartbreak' 25 years after daughter's disappearance

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Image caption Nicola Payne went missing while walking near her parents' home on 14 December, 1991

The parents of Nicola Payne said they still have hopes of finding their daughter as they mark the 25th anniversary of her disappearance.

The 18-year-old mum-of-one went missing while walking across wasteland near her parents' house in Coventry on 14 December, 1991.

Two men were cleared of her murder last year.

Her body has never been found but West Midlands Police said they are continuing to search for her.

A new search of land around Coombe Abbey began last month after new information came to light.

Timeline: Nicola Payne disappearance

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Image caption Nicola Payne's family have released previously unseen photographs of her ahead of the 25th anniversary of her disappearance
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Image caption West Midlands Police have vowed to find the remains of Nicola Payne

John and Marilyn Payne, both 71, said they will "never give up hope" of finding their daughter and "putting an end to our suffering".

They said: "She was our little girl and our hearts break when we look back at family photos.

"We want closure and to be able to lay our daughter to rest before we leave this life ourselves."

Image caption Ms Payne was last seen in an area of Coventry known as Black Pad
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Image caption Nicola Payne's son was seven months old when she disappeared

West Midlands Police said a £10,000 reward for any information that helps to find Ms Payne is still active.

Det Insp Martin Slevin, leading the investigation into her disappearance, said: "We remain as committed as ever to achieving justice for Nicola, her family and the wider community and vow to pursue those responsible for Nicola's death."

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Image caption A £10,000 reward for information leading to finding Nicola Payne still exists

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