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Community rallies behind Nida's family.

COMMUNITY leaders are rallying round the family of Nida Naseer as they struggle to come to terms with her still unexplained death.

A body discovered on wetland close to her home in Newport was confirmed as being that of the 19-year-old last Friday, exactly three months after her disappearance.

Specially trained officers continue to offer support to bereaved family members today as the police investigation into the death, which is officially classed as "unexplained," is ongoing.

The academically bright teenager went missing from her home in Linton Street, Pill, on December 28, barefooted and without her phone, money or a coat. Weeks of searching for Nida, often during appalling weather conditions, failed to uncover the slightest trace of her whereabouts.

The discovery of what proved to be her body, less than three miles from her home, also so far appears to have failed to offer any clue to explain the mystery of her disappearance. A post mortem examination is continuing, and is understood will take several weeks to conclude. Police have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

Omar Ali, Newport councillor for the Pillgwenlly ward, said: "People have been trying to rally round the family and see if there is anything they can do.

"This is one of those areas of the UK where there is still a strong community feeling.

"People talk to each other and want to help."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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