The body of a woman found dead on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate have been identified as 17-year-old Alisa Dmitrijeva.
Dmitrijeva’s body was spotted in a wooded area on New Year’s Day, after the Queen and Prince Philip attended a nearby church service, his first public appearance since a Christmas health scare.
The young woman, who emigrated from Latvia, had gone missing on August 31 from her home in Cambridgeshire. She was last seen getting into a green Lexus with two friends.
In a press statement, Dmitrijeva’s family said, “We are devastated by the news of Alisa’s death… We wish to grieve in private and don’t want to speak with anyone from the press at this time.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, who is heading the investigation into the murder, 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,” adding they are looking to speak to people “who may have worked in that area or were involved in organizing or running any specific events that may have taken place.”
The police do not believe it was a natural death, and are still treating it as a murder case.