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No ID yet for Sandringham body

Police investigating the discovery of a body on the Queen's estate have said identification could take another three days.

Speaking at a press conference at Norfolk Police's headquarters in Wymondham, Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry said the decomposed state of the body had complicated efforts to compile a DNA profile.

Samples taken from teeth, bone and muscle tissue have now been sent for analysis with results expected back on Monday.

He added: "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 neighbouring counties.

"My job is to remain objective and deal in facts to ensure the right outcome."

The remains at Sandringham were spotted by a dog walker shortly after 4pm on New Year's Day in woods on farmland near Anmer, about a mile from the main gate to Sandringham House.

Analysis of bone development and other samples have helped detectives identify the body as that of a white woman aged between 15 and 23.

The force has consulted botanists who say seasonal growth patterns suggest that the absence of ivy growing over the body means it was not put there earlier than August.

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

One case the force is looking at is the disappearance of Latvian Alisa Dmitrijeva, 17, from Wisbech, who has not been seen since August. But Mr Fry said the force had been in touch with "several other families" to inform them of progress.


From Belfast Telegraph