FRIENDS of missing Edinburgh student Yulia Solodyankina have spoken of the “agonising wait” to discover if human remains found in Argyll belong to her.
Police had been expected to reveal whether the body found in woodland near the A83 west of Arrochar last Thursday was that of the 22-year-old.
But detectives are yet to confirm the identity and are waiting for the results of DNA tests.
A close university friend said the last few days had been “utterly heart-wrenching” for Yulia’s tight-knit circle of pals.
He said: “It has been seven months now, you wouldn’t think a few days would make a difference, but it has been really difficult.
“The police are not saying anything. I guess they have to have everything done and finished before they can say but I think people need to know as soon as possible.
“It’s very frustrating. I just wish they would just give us a timescale. I had hoped we would have heard something by now.
“Her dad, Dimitry, must be reeling at the moment, he must be very upset understandably.”
Yulia’s Moscow-based family were unavailable for comment last night.
It is not known if they were in transit to Scotland as the search for the keen dancer, who went missing more than seven months ago, intensified.
Sources close to the investigation have revealed the height of the body and clothing found at the scene suggest it could be her – but no official identification of the body has taken place.
Yesterday, Police Scotland confirmed they were not treating the death as suspicious.
A spokesman said: “Formal identification has still to take place and further forensic examinations, including DNA tests, are to be carried out.
“Inquiries are continuing and no further information is available at this time. However, there appear to be no suspicious circumstances in connection with the death.”
Yulia, who was studying physics at Edinburgh University, was reported missing on June 12, sparking a nationwide missing persons hunt.
She has not been in contact with friends or family since June 6 after leaving The Wee Red Bar in Lady Lawson Street at around 9pm and was last seen on CCTV at Buchanan Street bus station in Glasgow at 4.55pm on June 7.
She had travelled on a Citylink bus from Edinburgh, which left St Andrew Square bus station 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.
Based on previous trips she had made, detectives believed her most likely destination was the Highlands or Argyll and Bute.
Police immediately became concerned for her safety after she left many of her personal belongings at her flat, including her phone, laptop and passport.
Her parents made an emotional appeal describing her as “our life”.
Yulia’s boyfriend, Antoine Dao, was also among those making public appeals for her return and said she had been “very stressed” about her exams before going missing. Yesterday, he said he had heard “nothing” from police but said he did not wish to comment further. Prior to vanishing, Yulia learned she had failed her exams.