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Two men arrested in connection with 18-year-old's disappearance in 1991

Nicola Payne went missing in Coventry, England 21 years ago.

Police searching an area of parkland in Coventry.
Police searching an area of parkland in Coventry.
Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

TWO MEN HAVE been arrested by police in England in connection with the disappearance of an 18-year-old girl two decades ago.

Nicola Payne went missing from the Wood End area of Coventry on the afternoon of 14 December, 1991 on her way to her parents’ house.

Police recently renewed their appeal for information about her disappearance and began searching an area of parkland in Coventry, which they say has uncovered “areas of interest”. These areas will now be examined using specialist technical equipment including metal detectors and ground x-ray machines, though police have said that this could prove a length process given the complexity of the site.

Today, police confirmed that they have arrested two men – aged 45 and 74 – from the Coventry area in connection with their investigation.

Both men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to prevent the lawful and decent burial of a body.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Markham said that the parkland search “has been progressing well” and between 25 and 30 officers are currently involved in the investigation into the young woman’s disappearance.

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“We are committed to investigating any new information with the aim of bringing closure to Nicola’s family, who have endured a painful and traumatic 21 years since her disappearance,” he said.

Undated police handout image of Nicola Payne holding her young son Owen. (West Midlands Police/PA)

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