Police looking for Pakistani-born, Wales-based student Nida Naseer say the body found in a wetland near her home is that of the missing 19-year-old.
Ms Naseer went missing from the family home in the Newport area of Wales late last year. Gwent Police said they were called to a wetlands about four miles from the family home on Thursday.
A spokesman for the force has confirmed that investigating officers believe the remains to be that of Nida’s although the final identification process is set to continue through Friday and Saturday.
Nida has not been seen after putting out the trash bins at her home on 28 December last year. She wasn’t wearing shoes and didn’t have her phone or any warm clothing on her.
The student had finished school in the summer of 2013 and had been looking forward to starting a business degree at the University of South Wales.
However, reports emerged after her disappearance that her family had been struggling to raise the funds required for the course and that Nida had been “depressed” about the situation and had been heard arguing with her parents, father Naseer Tahir, 54 and mother Najma, 47.
Mr and Mrs Tahir later said that the trouble with the funding was due to the family’s pending asylum application.
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.