Nida Ul-Naseer’s sister issues appeal for missing teenager
Welsh 18-year-old with medical condition has not been seen for almost a week after taking out the rubbish at Newport home
The sister of a missing teenager with a medical condition who disappeared after taking out the rubbish at home almost a week ago has appealed for information.
Nida Ul-Naseer, 18, of Newport, south Wales, has not been seen since she stepped outside at her home in Linton Street at 8pm last Saturday.
A police search involving sniffer dogs and officers on horseback is continuing in open areas nearby.
Sister Naila Anwar appealed for information on Friday.
“We miss Nida desperately and want her to come home. We want her to know that she is not in trouble at all and we are worried that she could be unwell because of her condition.
“What is more worrying is that she has missed Mum’s birthday which is extremely unlike her. We would appeal for anyone with any information, no matter how small, to get in touch with the police on 101,” she said in her appeal made during a press conference.
The assistant chief constable of Gwent police, Paul Symes, said: “We know that Nida went out that Saturday evening at about 8pm to take the bins out without her purse or telephone and didn’t return.
“We believe that she had a verbal disagreement within the home which possibly could have upset her and led to her leaving. There is nothing to account for her disappearance. There is no information at this stage to suggest that she was picked up in a vehicle.”
He added: “We have been working closely with Nida’s family, local agencies as well as the community, to ensure we have all the information we need about Nida in particular, about her friends and lifestyle to give us as much opportunity as possible to take the investigation forward.
“To go missing is particularly out of character for Nida and that, as well as her medical condition, makes me very concerned for her welfare.”
Police previously said the teenager was in need of medication without which she was likely to become anaemic. It is understood that the family declined to elaborate on her medical condition.
The teenager is of Asian-Pakistani appearance with long dark hair and is slim and 5ft 3in tall. She was last known to be wearing blue jeans and a black top.
Chief Inspector Daniel Taylor, the officer leading the search, previously appealed for anyone who knows the 18-year-old to come forward with information they may have about her social circle. “There must be other people out there who know Nida who are not necessarily known to the family,” he said. “If anyone can assist us with our inquiries to locate Nida, they are asked to call 101 and quote log number 448 28/12/13.”