Father’s fresh plea for missing Yulia Solodyankina

Missing person Yulia Solodyankina, Buchanan Street, Glasgow
Missing person Yulia Solodyankina, Buchanan Street, Glasgow
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THE heartbroken father of missing student Yulia Solodyankina has made another appeal for her return, as fresh CCTV footage was released by police.

The Russian message from Dmitry Solodyankina has been added to posters appealing for information, and translates as: “Yulia, come back, we love you. Nothing else matters.”

It came as police released CCTV footage showing the 22-year-old’s last known movements since her disappearance three weeks ago.

The physics student is seen in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street Bus Station at 4.55pm on Friday, June 7, walking into the central concourse after getting off a bus from Edinburgh, then going into a newsagent.

She remains in the shop for about a minute then emerges and briefly turns around, before walking beneath a sign highlighting the information desk, and out of view.

Friend Matthew Crisp, 24, has been aiding in the campaign to find Yulia, who is due to graduate from the University of Edinburgh on Monday.

He said: “We’ve attempted to contact as many youth hostels in and around Scotland as possible in case someone has seen Yulia, though there is a chance there are some places we have missed. We’re really hoping this new footage will jog someone’s memory and that we’ll have some positive news soon.

“We’re releasing a new batch of posters with the up-to-date pictures and information, and also a personal message to Yulia in Russian from her ­father Dmitry.”

The University of Edinburgh has also called upon its 30,000 students to aid in the search for Yulia, making them aware of the investigation and asking them to contact police with any information.

A university spokesman said: “We are assisting the police in every way we can. We are also liaising with family members as appropriate at this difficult time.”

On June 7, Yulia travelled to Glasgow on a Citylink bus from Edinburgh, which left St ­Andrew Square bus station in the Capital at around 3.25pm.

Prior to boarding the bus, she was seen on CCTV on South Bridge at 2.50pm before walking on to North Bridge.

She was then seen on CCTV in Multrees Walk, before arriving at the bus station.

The footage shows her wearing a dark coat with belt, dark shoulder bag, a red and orange scarf, grey trousers, and brown shoes with white laces.
Chief Inspector Mark Patterson, from Police Scotland Edinburgh Division, said: “We know that she travelled to Glasgow on a Citylink bus that left St Andrew Square bus station in Edinburgh earlier that afternoon, and we would appeal to any passengers who had contact with Yulia during that bus journey to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or the charity Missing People, by calling, e-mailing, or sending a text to 116 000.

The service is free, 24-hour, and confidential.