I wasn't sure where this belonged so put it here.

Efforts to track the identity and family of a lost 25-year-old woman named 'Lyudmila Unknown' by Russian officials have revealed a shocking tragedy.

She was found severely traumatised and covered in bruises at a Siberian airport in 2007.

Unable to speak or reveal her identity, she was distressed and confused, and believed by staff of the asylum where she was taken to live as being mentally challenged.

Valentina Ivanova, a junior nurse, recalled: 'They brought her here all dirty and covered in bruises. 'She looked 15 or 16 years old, like a child. Her hair was short, she was skinny, flesh and bones.'

She could not remember her name, and all efforts to discover her family ended in failure.