Hopes high in Wisbech that killer of College of West Anglia student Alisa Dmitrijeva, whose body was dumped on the Royal Estate near Sandringham, will be found
PUBLISHED: 22:26 29 February 2012 | UPDATED: 22:30 29 February 2012
Six months since murdered teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva disappeared, police appear no closer to catching her killer.
But hopes that her killer will be found remain high within the Latvian, Lithuanian, and Russian communities in Wisbech where the Latvian youngster lived with her father, grandmother and sister.
Anita Grodkiewicz, centre manager at the Rosmini Centre, which supports the different migrant communities in Wisbech, said migrant workers still asked volunteers for updates on the murder investigation.
She added: “We’ve still got notices up for the murder appeal and we will keep them up and hopefully it will stay in people’s minds.
“The worry from people here is that as time goes by and nobody comes forward the chances of the police catching somebody gets slimmer.”
But last night a Norfolk Police spokesman told the EDP: “Several lines [of inquiry] continue to be investigated but there is no update at the moment.” The 17-year-old was last seen in a green Lexus car in King’s Lynn in the early hours of August 31 and her body was found on the Sandringham Estate last month.
Her body was found by a dog walker at Anmer, a remote part of the royal estate, on New Year’s Day. It took more than a week to identify Alisa’s body. Following unsuccessful tests to obtain a full DNA profile, identification was made by comparing detail from her palm with records held, which were further verified by DNA from her femur. The last confirmed sighting of the teenager was at King’s Lynn’s Friars Street just after midnight on August 31 and she was reported missing by her family on September 6. She had been due to enrol with the College of West Anglia the day after she was reported missing.
Detectives also believe Alisa had attended a beach party at Snettisham – about five miles from where her body was found - on the evening of August 30 and into the following day.
Officers searched the remote stretch of beach on January 27 for clues, in particular Alisa’s black LG GM360 mobile phone, without much success. Detectives believe the mobile phone could hold vital evidence about her whereabouts at the time of her death.
The family of the murdered teenager have previously spoken of their grief.
In a statement issued through Norfolk police, they appealed for people to come forward and help police investigating her murder.
“We have read about distressing things like this in the paper happening to other families – but we never thought anything would happen to us,” they said.
“Our family has been left devastated and in a state of grief and sorrow at the sad and untimely loss of our beautiful daughter, granddaughter and sister Alisa.
“Our hearts have been broken in the way Alisa was taken from us and we hope no other family has to suffer as we have.
“Please can you help us to find out what happened to Alisa, and who is responsible for her murder. Alisa had just finished college and I proudly look after her certificates which she never knew she achieved. She went missing just before they were delivered. We will never know how bright her future might have been.”