South East Wales

Missing Nida Naseer: Gwent Police investigation continues

Nida Ul-Naseer Image copyright Gwent Police
Image caption Nida Naseer has been missing since 28 December

A permanent team of police officers is continuing to investigate a Newport teenager's mystery disappearance despite physical searches being halted.

Nida Naseer, 19, went missing two-and-a-half months ago after putting the bins out at her home.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said detectives were following many lines of inquiry, and searches would resume if required.

Police are also continuing to look through hours of CCTV.

A spokesperson said: "There's still a permanent team of officers working on it.

"The physical searches have stopped for the moment but if there's any intelligence then we would be out searching again.

"We're still looking through CCTV - there's an awful lot to look through."

Nida disappeared from her home in Pill at about 20:00 on 28 December.

She was not wearing shoes and did not have her phone, money or coat with her.

Police have received more than 50 calls reporting possible sightings across the UK but none have amounted to anything.

Image caption Police have now halted physical searches but say they will resume if relevant intelligence is provided

Officers say they have investigated hundreds of lines of inquiry and taken more than 100 statements.

Nida's family have made several public appeals for her to return home.

They say she was depressed before she went missing and believe she disappeared because the family's asylum-seeker status prevented her from attending university.

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.

Nida wants to pursue a career as a marketing or finance manager, her family has said.

She was last seen wearing jeans and a black top. She has long dark hair, is slim and 5ft 3in (1.6m) tall.

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