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Car Recovered in Queen’s Estate Murder Mystery

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Police in London say they have recovered the car in which Alisa Dmitrijeva -- the teen whose body was discovered on property belonging to the Queen of England -- was last seen.

The vehicle, a green Lexus GS300, was found in a junkyard in Wisbech, a town of about 20,000 people, where 17-year-old Dmitrijeva lived, according to the BBC. The car was turned over to forensic experts in hopes it will lead to new clues in the cold murder case.

The Latvian-born Dmitrijeva had moved to the UK with her family in 2009, according to the BBC. The following year she vanished. She was last seen in the Lexus on Aug. 31, 2010, in Norfolk, and was reported missing almost a week later.

The teen’s body was not discovered until New Year’s Day earlier this year, by a dog walker in a woodland area at Anmer, a tiny village northeast of London that is part of the Sandringham estate property used by the British royal family as a vacation retreat.  The property is located approximately 21 miles away from Wisbech.

Police have treated Dmitrijeva’s death as a murder but have so far come up dry in establishing a cause of death or naming a suspect.

Officers said they brought in a forensic palynologist to more closely examine rare pollen types found at the scene.

“Work is currently being carried out on soil and debris samples found in the car to identify the pollen and spores in them,” said Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry. “These will then be compared with the results from the samples taken at Anmer.”

“If a link is identified, it could be a significant step forward in the enquiry,” Fry said, adding that it may be several weeks before results from the tests are available.

Dmitrijeva’s body was found near the Royal Stud, where Queen Elizabeth oversees the breeding and training of race horses, and less than three miles from the queen’s main residence on the estate Sandringham House.

Sandringham House has served as a private residence for British monarchs since 1862 and is a favorite of the royal family, who often use the property as a holiday retreat.

The queen and Prince Philip had joined other royals in attending the traditional New Year’s Day service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene just hours before the discovery of Dmitrijeva’s body was made.

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Torso Recovered in Canal May Be That of Missing British Actress

Zuma(LONDON) -- The torso London police found in a canal may be that of missing British TV actress Gemma McCluskie, and her older brother has been arrested, according to reports in the British media.

McCluskie, who had appeared in the popular series EastEnders, went missing March 1.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim or the man they arrested, but various media outlets, including the BBC and Sky News, say authorities know the victim’s identity but are waiting for confirmation.

The woman’s friends had been appealing through social media for tips to help track her down.

McCluskie’s brother, 35-year-old Tony, was arrested Wednesday, according to media reports citing unnamed sources. During previous search efforts he had told the press that his sister’s disappearance was out of character.

“We are going out of our mind with worry,” he said, according to the Daily Mail. “She is a bubbly, outgoing, strong and independent woman.”

Police made the gruesome discovery after being alerted to something suspicious floating in the canal.

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Queen's Estate Murder Mystery: Police Share New Details

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- DNA results have thus far proved inconclusive in the investigation of the human remains discovered on property belonging to the queen of England, though there is speculation that the body may be that of a 17-year-old girl who went missing last year.

Police in the U.K. are still unable to identify the body found on Sandringham Estate on New Year's Day, saying that it could take another three days. The DNA may match that of Alisa Dmitrijeva from the town of Wisbech, near Cambridge, U.K., who vanished last August and was last seen 10 miles from the royal grounds.

Investigators were able to analyze bone development and other samples, which have helped detectives identify the body as that of a white woman aged between 15 and 23.  Police also said that the absence of ivy growing over the body means it was not put there earlier than August.

Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry said despite the remains showing no obvious signs of injury, investigators in Norfolk, U.K. were still treating the incident as a murder inquiry, the BBC reported.  Officers have asked the public for any information about people who organized events in the area in August and September of 2010.

"Speculation about the identity of the victim is unhelpful, particularly for the families involved.  We are in touch with a number of families and are particularly focused on missing persons' cases in Norfolk and neighboring counties," he said at a Friday press conference. "My job is to remain objective and deal in facts to ensure the right outcome."

Fry said the decomposed state of the body had complicated efforts to compile a DNA profile, and that samples taken from teeth, bone and muscle tissue have now been sent for analysis with results expected back on Monday.

"We have not been able to establish how the victim died because of decomposition," Fry said.  "For example, it is possible she was stabbed but the absence of flesh means we cannot identify that at this stage."

Police issued a further description of the victim, saying she was between 5'4" and 5' 6" tall, with high cheek bones.

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Police Narrow Profile of Human Remains Found on Queen's Estate

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British police are re-examining local missing persons cases, including the disappearances last year of two young women, as they expand their investigation into the human remains discovered Sunday on the grounds of the vacation retreat where Queen Elizabeth and the royal family had spent the holidays.

A post-mortem examination conducted Tuesday found that the remains are those of a white female between the ages of 15 and 23.  Detectives from Norfolk Police say they expect to have a DNA profile of the victim by Wednesday evening.

Police are now reopening lines of inquiry into missing persons cases that had gone cold in hopes of finding potential links to the body.

The body was discovered around 4 p.m. Sunday by a dog walker at Sandringham Estate, a 20,000-acre public property northeast of London that includes the Queen's residence.

Police have classified the case as a murder investigation, saying it is "highly unlikely" the death was the result of natural death or accidental injury.

The missing persons cases said to be reopened include the disappearances of Alisa Dmitrijeva, 17, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and Vitalija Baliutaviciene, 29, from Peterborough, both of whom vanished in August.

The family of 17-year-old Dmitrijeva, who disappeared from a small town just down the road from Sandringham, said, however, that police have already told them the body is not Dmitrijeva.

"We've spoken to her grandmother this morning and her grandmother is claiming that she's been told by police already that they do not believe that this body is their child," Duncan Larcombe, ABC News contributor and royal editor for the U.K.'s Sun newspaper, said Wednesday on Good Morning America.

Dmitrijeva was last seen on August, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.  A family member reported her missing seven days later and police have offered a reward for information on her whereabouts.

A Lithuanian man has been charged with the kidnap and murder of 29-year-old Baliutaviciene, who disappeared from her home Aug. 12, but her body was never discovered.

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Body Found on Royal Family's Estate Being Treated as Murder

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The discovery of human remains on the Royal Family's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk over the weekend is being treated as a murder, British police announced Tuesday.

According to police, the woman's body was found on New Year's Day by a member of the public.

Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry said, "The body had been there for some time," and that the, "circumstances suggest this is a murder case."

The area has since been sectioned off while forensic teams examine the scene.  An autopsy of the body is also expected to be conducted on Tuesday.

Police are examining cold cases and looking at missing persons reports in the hopes of finding a potential link.

"We are at the very early stages of the investigation and it could be a complex inquiry," Fry told reporters Tuesday.

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Treasure Hunter Searches for bin Laden's Body

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Treasure hunter Bill Warren salvages history from shipwrecks, but he has a different sort of treasure in mind for his next quest -- he is now seeking to find the remains of Osama bin Laden in the north Arabian Sea.

"It is the most exciting and maybe dangerous project," Warren, 67, told ABC News of his latest mission.

After the United States proclaimed that bin Laden was killed in a Pakistani compound on May 2 and that DNA tests verified his identity, his body was placed in a weighted bag and buried at sea. But photos of the corpse of the then most wanted man on earth were never publicized -- which some say breeds skepticism.

"I want to prove, one way or the other that he is, in fact, dead," Warren said.

Over the past 30 years, Warren, an entrepreneur and sunken-treasure hunter from California, says he has discovered 150 wrecks and recovered loot that totals several million dollars. Brushing off skeptics, he has attempted to uncover legendary wrecks such as the San Francisco Xavier, which sank in 1705, and a Spanish caravel called the Trinidad dating back to the mid-1500s, according to media reports.

"If we are successful and find him with sonar and recover him with a remote-operated vehicle, we'll recover the body in the bag and take photographs, video, and a DNA test -- maybe of his hair or his beard."

Warren is still not entirely sure how bin Laden's DNA will be confirmed from what he potentially may recover, but wonders if a Bin Laden family member might confirm the DNA to bring an end to his quest for proof.

"I know his family lives in Arabia," he said.

Funded by money from associates, Warren says this hunt could cost nearly $1 million.

"There is still a $25 million reward that no one has collected, and the reward says dead or alive, well, if -- in fact -- he is dead, then I could collect the $25 million reward. Why not?"

Unfortunately for Warren, the reward is no longer being offered. Though this was explained to Warren, he insisted that he's going to continue his hunt.

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