Body find comes days after Nida Naseer appeal
Updated 5:44pm Thursday 27th March 2014 in Gwent news
TODAY'S discovery of a body by police searching for missing Newport teenager, Nida Naseer comes only days after her family made a fresh appeal for information.
Gwent Police were called by a member of the public to the Newport Wetlands site on West Nash Road at 10am today where the body was discovered.
A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said the body is yet to be identified.
She added: “The death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.
“Nida’s family has been informed that a body has been discovered and we continue to give them support. We have told the family that the body has yet to be identified.”
Miss Naseer, 19, vanished wearing no shoes and no coat outside her Linton Street home in Pill after putting out bins on December 28 at 8pm.
Earlier this week, Nida’s father, Naseer Tahir, spoke publically about her disappearance from her home.
She was last seen on Saturday December 28 at 8pm at her family home on Linton Street, Pill, after taking out the bins.
Her family said she had no belongings with her and may not even have been wearing shoes.
Within two hours and after going out to look for her, the family had reported her missing.
He said the family were ‘in a state of shock’ at her disappearance as, according to him, his 19-year-old daughter never went out on her own and never stayed away from the home.
Her friends, from Coleg Gwent and the community, had been part of the search effort to find her.
The last time the family saw her, Mr Tahir, said that they were having an argument about university and the fact the family’s failed asylum status prevented Nida, who was born in Pakistani, from going.
In video appeals and numerous press appearances, Nida’s family have constantly assured her she is not in trouble and not to worry.
Previously, Shamyla Naseer, Nida's sister, had also spoken publically on behalf of the family.
She said: “We miss Nida desperately and want her to come home.”
Over 630 lines of enquiry were generated to Gwent Police as part of the search for her.
But on March 9, Gwent Police stopped all physical searches for the missing teenager, more than two months after her disappearance.
Extensive searches had been carried out in a number of areas in the city.
As well as house-to-house inquiries, there have been leaflet drops, CCTV searches, liaisons with partner agencies and the community, and local searches, while video appeals in English and Urdu have been uploaded to YouTube.
On the teenager's 19 birthday, January 25, four weeks after her disappearance, her family also spoke publically.
In an emotional plea released on YouTube, Mr Tahir tells his daughter: “We are very worried about Nida and Nida's safety and we are appealing again and again. If anyone knows about Nida, tell us. We just want Nida to come back.
"We are all missing you Nida. Your family loves you.”
A video appeal from Nida's mother Najma Tahir and sister Shamyla was also released.
In January, classmates from Coleg Gwent took to a retail park in Newport in a bid to end the mystery over her disappearance.
The students were handing out leaflets to shoppers urging anyone with information about Nida’s whereabouts to contact police.
The move came as police searched near the college campus in Newport.
Hundreds of people also joined a Facebook group to help find Miss Naseer called ‘Find missing Nida Ul-Naseer’.
Miss Naseer, a former Duffryn High School pupil, was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black top.
On New Year’s Day dozens of police officers searched around Rodney Parade, and used a sniffer dog and four horses.
More than 40 specially-trained search officers were involved in making enquiries and searched derelict buildings and construction sites.
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