Police unable to identify body found on Royal Estate at Sandringham

Police have been unable to confirm the identity of the body of a young woman found in woodland on the Queen's Norfolk estate on New Year's Day.

Detectives from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a female whose body was discovered at Anmer on Sunday.

Results from samples which were taken during a post mortem at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon have not provided a DNA profile, and therefore the identity of the victim has not been established.

Further testing is being carried out, which will take an additional 24 hours before results are available. Officers will also look at more traditional methods of identifying the victim, which may take longer.

The body is described as a young, white, adult female, aged between 15 and 23 years old, which has been at that site for a period estimated to be between a month and up to four months.


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Further searches of the area around the site, off Kings Avenue in the village near King's Lynn, will continue tomorrow (Thursday).

Meanwhile, police have not ruled out the possibility that the body found could be of missing teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva.

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Latvian-born Miss Dmitrijeva, 17, was last seen in King's Lynn on August 31. She was reported missing by a family member on September 6.

Since then, there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings and police have offered a �5,000 reward for information on her whereabouts.

Det Chief Insp Jes Fry, head of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Incident Team (MIT), said officers were examining cold cases nationwide for potential links.

Speaking near the wood where the grim discovery was made by a dog walker on New Year's Day, DCI Fry said: 'We are at the very early stages of the investigation and it could be a complex inquiry. The body had been there for some time.

'The circumstances suggest this is a murder case and we are looking at missing persons reports and cold cases both locally and nationwide.

'We will be looking at all missing persons and she [Miss Dmitrijeva] will be in the list of people to be eliminated,' he said.

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