Who was Nicola Payne and what happened to her? | The Sun

MYSTERY still surrounds the disappearance of young mum Nicola Payne.

She was just 18 when she vanished in broad daylight as she walked to her parents' home from her boyfriend’s house in Coventry in the early 90s.

Who was Nicola Payne?

Nicola Payne was just 18 years old when she disappeared in 1991.

She was a young mum, who had just given birth to her son seven months before.

Nicola was living with her boyfriend Jason Cook, as they both were happy to be new parents.

She was excited to spend her first Christmas with her baby and partner.

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When did Nicola Payne go missing?

Nicola set off to walk the short distance to her family home in the Potters Green area of Coventry around midday on December 14, 1991.

Filled with excitement about the festive season, she waved goodbye to her partner Jason and their son Owen.

No one ever saw her again.

What happened to Nicola Payne?

What happened to Nicola on that fateful day is still a complete mystery.

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It’s almost certain she was abducted, killed and her body dumped in a lake or canal near to where she went missing.

Her family say they accept she’s is no longer alive but are still desperate to know what happened.

Despite excavations and searches of gardens, land, a canal and a lake in the Coventry area between 1996 and 2014 no trace of her has been found.

What has happened since Nicola Payne's disappearance?

A murder investigation into the young mother's disappearance was launched but has never found answers for her family 

Despite huge police hunts, multiple arrests and a court case, no trace of her has been found.

In 2021 the search for what happened to Nicola was given fresh impetus with a £100,000 reward from an anonymous donor.

Several arrests have been made over the years but a bungled police investigation and a 2015 court case resulted in two suspects being acquitted.

In March 2023, Nicola’s heartbroken mum Marilyn died aged 77, before there was a chance to discover the truth.

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Anyone with information about Nicola’s disappearance can contact West Midlands Police on 101 or via its Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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