Police to confirm Argyll body Yulia Solodyankina

Yulia Solodyankina went missing last year. Picture: comp
Yulia Solodyankina went missing last year. Picture: comp
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Police are expected to confirm today human remains found in Argyll are those of missing Edinburgh student Yulia Solodyankina.

The family of the 22-year-old Russian, who went missing more than seven months ago, were today anxiously awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

Police have confirmed the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Yulia, 22, who was studying physics at Edinburgh University, was reported missing on June 12, sparking a nationwide missing persons hunt.

The remains were found in woodland near the A83 just west of Arrochar, at the north end of Loch Long on Thursday.

Sources indicated the height of the body and clothing found at the scene suggested it was Yulia.

Yulia, who lived in South Clerk Street, 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.

She 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, Dmitry and Ekatarina, made an emotional appeal after she disappeared, describing their daughter as “our life”.

Posters featured a message in Russian from her father, reading: “Yulia, come back, we love you. nothing else matters.”

He had been due to meet Yulia, an only child, at Waverley station the following week on his first visit to Edinburgh, but instead found himself helping in the search for his daughter.

Yulia’s boyfriend, Antoine Dao, was also among those making public appeals for her return. He said Yulia had been “very stressed” about her university exams before going missing.

The day before she vanished, she had learned she would be awarded only an “ordinary” degree rather than honours.

Friends used social media to highlight the case. Coffee cups were printed with her face in a “Find Yulia” campaign and electronic billboards on Princes Street carried photos of her.

Police said inquiries were continuing.