December 7, 2006
My Christmas Wish to Find Peace Over Nicola ; MISSING: Mum’s Emotional Plea for People to Come Forward Withinformation
By Bv Kerry Beadling
AN EMOTIONAL Christmas message from a Coventry mum is hoping to spur people to reveal what happened to her missing daughter.
Marilyn Payne, of Walsgrave, is one of four desperate mums posting a message as a podcast with the National Missing Persons Helpline.
She is hoping to find out what happened to her daughter and appeal to other missing people to get in touch with their loved ones.
Nicola disappeared, aged 18, on December 14, 1981, when her son was just a baby.
She had taken a short cut across playing fields from her boyfriend's home in Wood End to the home she shared with her parents and son Owen, then in Woodway Close, off Woodway Lane, Woodway Park, Coventry.
In Marilyn's podcast - a taped interview put on the internet - she appeals to all those who have gone missing.
She said: "I know there are many missing people out there and would ask them, 'Look into your heart and let someone know that you are safe and well even if you no longer wish to return to your old life'."
The appeals will be posted on major hosting sites such as YouTube and Yahoo Video from Monday.
The charity hopes the messages will encourage those who have gone missing to make with their families for Christmas.
Paul Tuohy, CEO of the National Missing Persons Helpline, said: "We are asking the public to help us find missing people like Nicola and also to give a special gift this year - pounds 20 will enable us to continue the vital search."
To donate online, go to www.missingpersons.org or call Freephone 0500 700 700.
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