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UK: Body found on queen's estate identified as missing teenager

The body of the missing 17-year-old girl, which was discovered on New Year’s Day, is believed to have lain at the Norfolk estate for some time.

Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry addresses the media at a press conference at Norfolk Constabulary Head Quarters
Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry addresses the media at a press conference at Norfolk Constabulary Head Quarters
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THE BODY DISCOVERED on a royal estate in Norfolk, England, has been identified as that of missing teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva.

The 17-year-old Latvian student went missing in August from her home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

The teenager’s remains were found on New Year’s Day by a dog walker, and were identified using palm records and DNA testing. Police believe her body had lain at the scene for some time and have said it is “highly unlikely” that she died of natural causes, reports the BBC.

Dmitrijeva had been living in the UK for three years after moving from Latvia with her family. She was last seen on Friar’s Street, King’s Lynn, on 31 August and was reported missing by a family member a week later, the Guardian reports.

Following her disappearance, a £5,000 reward was offered for details of her whereabouts and a Facebook advert, translated into both English and Latvian, was launched.

The 17-year-old’s family said in a statement that they are devastated by the news and have asked to be allowed to grieve in private.

Dmitrijeva’s remains were uncovered on the Sandringham royal estate, a site used regularly for pheasant and partridge shoots by members of the British royal family.

Head of the investigation team, Det Ch Insp Jes Fry, told reporters that police wanted to “identify people who may have worked in that area or were involved in organising or running any specific events that may have taken place”, particularly during the end of August to end of September time period.

Read: UK murder inquiry launched after body found on queen’s Sandringham estate>

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