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Gwent Police have confirmed that the body discovered yesterday at the Newport Wetlands site is that of missing teenager Nida Naseer.
Nida went missing from her home on Saturday December 28th last year. The initial post mortem has yet to be concluded and police said he death remains unexplained. Superintendent Mark Warrender said:
"This is an extremely tragic case and our sincere condolences remain with the family. Since Nida went missing we have remained hopeful that she would be found safe and well and reunited with her family."
A teenager who vanished after taking out the rubbish was upset because her family's asylum-seeker status barred her from attending university, her family said today.
Eighteen-year-old Nida Ul-Naseer, of Newport in South Wales, has not been seen since stepping outside her home on December 28.
Her family told a press conference that their attempt to seek asylum in the UK from Pakistan was turned down a year ago.
ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:
The family of Nida Ul-Naseer, who went missing revealed today that their attempt to seek asylum in the UK from Pakistan was turned down a year ago.
It meant that academically-gifted Nida opted to retake a business studies course she had already passed.
Her sister, Shamyla, 23, told a press conference today that she believed Nida's disappearance stemmed from being upset because she could not attend university.
"I think that not being able to go to university is the reason for her leaving," she said, speaking alongside other family members at Newport Central police station.
Police searching for missing teenager Nida Ul-Naseer, who vanished on 28 December after taking the rubbish out at her home in Newport say her disappearance remains a mystery, ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn has tweeted from a police press conference.
Nida Ul-Naseer was angered by the fact that her status as an asylum seeker in the UK scuppered her plans to go to university, the press conference was told.
Read more: Major search for missing teen
Police sniffer dogs and up to 40 police officers, some on horseback, are today searching open areas around the home of a missing teenager in teeming rain.
Chief Inspector Daniel Taylor, who is leading the Gwent Police search operation, said both police and 18-year-old Nida Ul-Naseer family are increasingly concerned for her welfare.
He said that forensic teams had examined the area and extensive searches have been carried out in the neighbourhood.
He added: "There is no forensic evidence that she has been taken."
A major police search is under way for a missing teenage girl who vanished after taking out rubbish to put in a bin outside her home.
Police and the family of Nida Ul-Naseer, 18, of Newport, south Wales, are increasingly concerned for her welfare.
The teenager has not been seen since she stepped outside to go to the bins at her home in Linton Street at 8pm on Saturday 28th December.
The teenager, whose disappearance is out of character, is also in need of medication without which she is likely to become anaemic.