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article imagePolice investigate murder on Queen's Sandringham estate

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 3, 2012 in Crime
Sandringham - British Police say they are investigating a case of murder after remains of a woman were discovered on the Queen's estate at Sandringham on New Year's Day. The remains were discovered close to the village of Anmer by someone walking a dog.
Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry said at a press conference in Anmer: "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." The Sun reports that the police officer said further: "Entomology and pathology work is under way and we expect the body to be recovered and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn later today."
According to Daily Mail, the scene is a short distance from the Royal Stud where the Queen breeds race horses. According to a resident at Sandringham estate, "There have been three police cars there all day and it is completely cordoned off. It looks like they have closed a big area. The Sandringham stud is less than quarter of a mile away and the Queen rides across this country. What is really strange is that no one knows anything about it. On the estate everyone knows everything about what is going on."
Sandringham is the private country estate of Her Majesty the Queen. The 20,000 acre estate is property of the British royal family and not part of the Crown Estate. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are currently on the estate with the Earl and Countess of Wessex and her children.
Queen Victoria purchased Sandringham Hall in 1862 at the request of the Prince of Wales (future Edward VII). The original building was brought down and a bigger one built in its place. King George VI was born on the estate and died in 1952 in the house. The royal family traditionally spends Christmas at Sandringham, but the house is open to the public when the royal family are away.
Daily Mail reports that more than 200 people live on Sandringham. Most of them are farm tenants. The estate is a popular tourist attraction with farms, orchards and woodland, two studs and a country park.
According to Associated Press (AP), this is not the first time a dead body is discovered on a royal estate. In November 2010, the body of Joana Brown, 46, was found on the Crown Estate in Windsor. She appeared to have been killed by hammer blows to the head. Her husband Robert Brown, was convicted and sentenced to 26 years in prison. In March last year, the body of an American Robert Moore, 69, was found 100 yards from Buckingham Palace. Moore who arrived in the U.K. in 2007 had set up a camp on a tiny island on the lake in St. Jame's Park and died about a year later.
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