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Remains found in search for Russian student Yulia Solodyankina

Yulia Solodyankina Image copyright Stuart Barrett
Image caption Yulia Solodyankina went missing ahead of her graduation

Police searching for a Russian student missing for several months are investigating the discovery of remains.

Yulia Solodyankina, 22, an Edinburgh University physics student, was reported missing on 12 June.

She was last spotted at Glasgow's Buchanan Street bus station on 7 June.

Remains were found near Arrochar in Argyll and Bute on Thursday. No formal identification has taken place but it is understood the discovery is being linked to the hunt for Ms Solodyankina.

Her parents made an emotional appeal after she disappeared, describing their daughter as "our life".

Based on previous trips Ms Solodyankina had made, detectives believed she had boarded a bus in Buchanan Street, with the most likely destination the Highlands or Argyll and Bute.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland can confirm human remains were found in a rural location near to Arrochar on Thursday January 9.

"Further examination of the remains will take place.

"The inquiry is at a very early stage and nothing further is available at this time."

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