It’s every parent’s worst nightmare when they’re told their child is missing.
But with Marilyn and John, this happened to their daughter Nicola, who disappeared without a trace in 1991.
Who are Nicola Payne’s parents Marilyn and John?
Marily and John Payne’s daughter, Nicola, went missing on December 14, 1991.
They have fought endlessly to find her since she disappeared after visiting her boyfriend’s home in Coventry and never returned.
It is almost certain that she was abducted, killed and her body dumped in a lake or canal near where she went missing.
Three decades later, Nicola is presumed dead, but her body has never been found and her devastated family is unable to grieve properly.
Every Christmas is a cruel reminder of their devastating loss.
Where are you now?
In March 2023, Nicola’s mother Marilyn died heartbroken at the age of 77 before there was a chance to find out the truth.
Her family wrote on the Find Nicola Payne Facebook page: “Nicola’s family is devastated to announce the death of her mother, Marilyn Payne.”
“A stubborn woman who never gave up trying to find her daughter and put her to rest.
“The courage she has shown has been extraordinary and now her determination is continued by her family and many friends to finally bring Nicola home.”
Nicola’s father is appearing in a brand new Amazon Prime docuseries called Never Ending Murder.
The four-part series includes first-hand testimonies from Nicola’s heartbroken family.
Her father and brother Nigel are speaking out about her disappearance, along with witnesses and the senior police investigators who conducted the investigation.
What did you say about the disappearance of Nicola Payne?
John and Marilyn both previously said they would “never give up hope” of finding their daughter and “putting an end to our suffering.”
They said, “She was our little girl and it breaks our hearts to look back at family photos.”
“We want closure and a chance to put our daughter to rest before we leave this life ourselves.”
West Midlands Police said there was a £10,000 reward for any information helping to locate Ms Payne, who is still active.
Several arrests have been made over the years, but a botched police investigation and trial in 2015 resulted in two suspects being acquitted.
Anyone with information about Nicolas’ disappearance can contact West Midlands Police between 8am and midnight on 101 or via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk.
Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111 or stop by www.crimestoppers-uk.org.