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article imageBody found on Queen's estate that of 17-year-old Alisa Dmitrijeva

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 8, 2012 in Crime
London - Police have said that the body of a young woman found on the Queen's Sandringham estate is that of a 17-year-old Lativian-born girl Alisa Dmitrijeva. The body was found by someone walking a dog close to the village of Anmer.
Digital Journal reported the British Police 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."
According Digital Journal, Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, at a press conference in Anmer after the body was found, 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."
BBC reports that the body of Dmitrijeva was identified by comparing detail of her palm with record available to the police. Earlier attempts to get a DNA profile from tooth and muscle samples were inconclusive. Final verification was done by using DNA from her thigh bone.
According to Daily Mail, she was last spotted on 31 August in a green Lexus GS800 car in the center of King's Lynn, about 10 miles from where the body was found. Dmitrijeva, about 5 ft 6 in, lived with her father Oleg Dmitrijeva and her sister Victoria, 10, and grandmother Lidija Nesterova, 62, in a rented semi-detached house in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
According to UK Press Association, Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: "Family Liaison Officers have been sent to meet with close family this morning to provide the update. I shall now be liaising with officers from Cambridgeshire who have been working on trying to locate Alisa in recent months as a missing person. The information they provide will give me and the team an extra focus to the inquiry."
Meanwhile, the family of the girl in a press statement, said, "We are devastated by the news of Alisa's death. We wish to grieve in private."
British police had offered a 5,000 pounds reward for information about Dmitrijeva's whereabouts in December, about three months after she went missing. A Facebook advert translated into Lithuanian and Latvian was also issued in the effort to find the missing girl.
According to BBC, the site where Dmitrijeva's body was found is used for pheasant and partridge shoots often attended by members of the royal family. Police have spoken to the gamekeeper and the estate manager at Sandringham in their search for leads in the case. The police say they want to speak to all persons who may have been in area between late August and September.
Chief Inspector Fry said, "...we are still trying to establish any activity which took place on or around the site during the time frame of the end of August to the end of September 2011. We would like to identify people who may have worked in that area or were involved in organizing or running any specific events that may have taken place." According to the police officer it was "highly unlikely" that Dmitrijeva died of natural causes.
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