South East Wales

Missing Nida Naseer's family told of body found in Newport

Nida Naseer
Image caption Nida Naseer has been missing since 28 December

The family of missing Newport teenager Nida Naseer have been told that police have found a body.

Nida, 19, went missing two-and-a-half months ago after putting the bins out at her home.

Gwent Police said they were called to Newport Wetlands at West Nash Road on Thursday morning where a body had been discovered.

The body has yet to be identified and the death is being treated as unexplained.

Police said a post-mortem examination was to take place.

The teenager disappeared from her home in Pill at about 20:00 GMT on 28 December.

She was not wearing shoes and did not have her phone, money or coat with her.

Media captionGwent Police said they were called to Newport Wetlands at West Nash Road on Thursday morning

West Nash Road, where a body has been found, is about four miles (6.5km) by road from Linton Street, where Nida was last seen.

Natural Resources Wales, which manages the wetland, said the body appeared to have washed up on to an area of salt marsh.

It said no land had been cordoned off as that area is not accessible to the public.

Police investigating Nida's disappearance have received more than 50 calls reporting possible sightings across the UK but none had amounted to anything.

Officers said they had investigated hundreds of lines of inquiry and taken more than 100 statements.

Four Urdu and Punjabi language specialists from Greater Manchester, Thames Valley and Metropolitan police forces have also helped with the investigation.

Nida's family have made several public appeals for her to return home.

They say she was depressed before she went missing and believe she disappeared because the family's asylum-seeker status prevented her from attending university.

They had sought asylum after coming to the UK from Pakistan five years ago but their application was turned down a year ago. They have appealed.

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