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Sunday
Jan082012

Body Found on Queen's Estate Identified as Missing Teen Alisa Dmitrijeva

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The body discovered on property belonging to the Queen of England has been identified as a 17-year-old girl who vanished last year authorities said Sunday.

Alisa Dmitrijeva's body was found on the Sandringham Estate on New Year's Day by a dog walker in a woodland area at Anmer.

The property is used by the British family as a vacation retreat.

Dmitrijeva, from the town of Wisbech, near Cambridge, U.K., disappeared in Aug. 2010 and was last seen 10 miles from the royal grounds.

The decomposed state of the body had complicated efforts to compile a DNA profile and samples taken from teeth, bone and muscle tissue had to be analyzed to identify the body, officials said.

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 earlier.

Last week, officials involved in the examination said that it is "highly unlikely" the death was a result of natural causes.

Detectives also found no evidence of accidental injury, damage because of firearms or bladed weapon at the site.

Fry said that officials will be trying to identify people who may have worked near the site.

Officers have asked the public for any information about people who organized events in the area in August and September of 2010.

"We are devastated by the news of Alisa's death. We wish to grieve in private," Dmitrijeva's family said in a statement Sunday.

Sandringham House has served as a private residence for British monarchs since 1862 and is a favorite of the royal family's as a holiday retreat.

The royals, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton, had gathered there with the queen and Prince Philip to celebrate Christmas this year.

In addition to housing the queen, Sandringham Estate is a 20,000 acre property that includes public gardens, villages and cottages with sitting tenants, horse grounds and fully operating farms.

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Friday
Jan062012

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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Wednesday
Jan042012

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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Tuesday
Jan032012

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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