ITV Coronation Street's missing character Lauren's return date 'rumbled' by fans

Lauren Bolton in Coronation Street
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Coronation Street fans believe they have figured out the return date of missing character Lauren Bolton. The troubled teenager, played by Cait Fitton, has been absent since February, and her disappearance quickly escalated into a murder investigation, causing a stir among viewers.

Popular characters such as Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard) and Roy Cropper (David Neilson) found themselves unexpectedly implicated in her alleged murder, raising eyebrows among the audience.

Despite fan-favourite Roy Cropper facing potential jail time over Lauren's death, corrupt police officer Kit Green (Jacob Roberts) manipulated evidence, planting Lauren's DNA in sex offender Nathan Curtis's (Christopher Harper) van, effectively framing him.

However, the truth was eventually revealed, with viewers discovering that the mystery of Lauren's disappearance was solved by corrupt lawyer Joel Deering (Calum Lill). Flashbacks and intense scenes showed him attacking Lauren until she fell unconscious, according to the Express.

In the meantime, Joel has been carrying on as normal, even planning his wedding with his partner Dee-Dee Bailey (Channique Sterling-Brown), reports the Liverpool Echo.

Elsewhere, Roy served his brief sentence and was released. However, in a surprising turn of events, he is rushed to hospital in upcoming episodes after a sudden fall in the cafe.

A shadowy figure entrances viewers during the episode, sparking a whirlwind of fan theories. Devotees of the show are fervently discussing the possibility that Lauren might be the unexpected visitor set to see Roy in the forthcoming hopeful scenes.

Under a speculative Facebook post about the identity of Roy's enigmatic guest, many fans are placing their bets with comments like: "It will be Lauren."

This sentiment is widely reflected across social media as others chime in, saying, "Lauren I think."

One eagle-eyed fan pondered: "There have been posts saying he gets a visitor but Nina thinks he's hallucinating. I reckon Lauren visits him! ! ! ! " In addition, another theorist contributed: "Defo Lauren, because that's who the storyline is about! ".