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  • 28 March 2014, 14:23

Nida Naseer: Police Believe Body Is Missing Teen

Police searching for teenager Nida Naseer believe a body recovered on Thursday morning is that of the missing 19-year-old.

Nida disappeared three months ago after going to put the bins out at her home near Newport in South Wales in the evening of December 28.

A spokesman for Gwent Police said: "The body was discovered at approximately 10am on the estuary side of the sea wall at the Gwent Wetlands site, West Nash Road.

"Nida's family continue to be supported by specialist officers at this sad and difficult time.

"The death is still being treated as unexplained, pending the outcome of a post-mortem which is taking place today."

There had been no trace of the teenager since she disappeared and her mobile phone had not been used.

Her older sister, Shamyla, 23, earlier told a press conference she believed Nida's disappearance was due to her being upset about being unable to attend university.

Despite getting good grades, Nida's status as a failed asylum seeker meant she could not get funding to study for a degree and her family could not afford to pay the fees.

Relatives and police said her disappearance was "totally out of character" - especially as she needed medicine to stop her from becoming anaemic.