UPDATE: Men released on bail after being arrested in connection with the murder of Wisbech student Alisa Dmitrijeva, whose body was found on the Royal Estate at Sandringham
21:24 01 May 2012
Two men who were arrested on suspicion of the murder of teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva have been released on police bail.
The men, aged 28 and 31, are both from the Wisbech area. They were arrested in King’s Lynn this morning and have been released on bail after being questioned in connection with the offence. Both men have been released on bail until July.
Miss Dmitrijeva’s body was found by a dog walker on New Year’s Day less than two miles from Sandringham House, where the Royal Family had been spending their Christmas break.
After unsuccessful tests to obtain a full DNA profile, identification of the victim was made a week later by comparing detail from her palm with records held which have been further verified by DNA from her femur.
The last confirmed sighting of the teenager was in Friar’s Street, King’s Lynn, in the early hours of August 31.
Detectives also believe she had attended a beach party at Snettisham on the night of August 30 and officers searched the beach in January for clues, including Miss Dmitrijeva’s mobile phone, which has not yet been recovered.
Cambridgeshire police launched an appeal to find Miss Dmitrijeva after 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 said the teenager had links in Lincolnshire and Peterborough and that it was not unusual for her to stay away from home for several days, but she had always previously stayed in touch with her family.
Following Miss Dmitrijeva’s disappearance, there were a number of unconfirmed sightings and police offered a £5,000 reward for information on her whereabouts.
Detectives also created an advert on social network website Facebook targeted at people living in Wisbech, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. The advertisement was created in English, Latvian and Lithuanian.
Originally from Riga, Miss Dmitrijeva is believed to have arrived in England two years ago when her father and sister came to live with her grandmother.
Miss Dmitrijeva had shared a rented semi-detached house in Wisbech with her grandmother, her father Olegs and Viktorija, her younger sister. Her mother also lived nearby.
The 17-year-old’s family have previously spoken of their grief in a statement released by Norfolk Police.
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.
“Alisa had just finished college and I proudly look after her certificates which she never knew she achieved. We will never know how bright her future might have been.”