Grandmother fights backs tears as she speaks of family’s continued devastation after Wisbech teenager murdered
A GRANDMOTHER has spoken of her family’s continued devastation almost six months after the body of her granddaughter from Wisbech was found on the Queen’s Norfolk estate.
Alisa Dmitrijeva’s body was discovered by a dog walker on New Year’s Day less than two miles from Sandringham House, where the Royal Family had been spending their Christmas break.
The last confirmed sighting of the teenager was in Friar’s Street, King’s Lynn, in the early hours of August 31.
Two men were last month arrested on suspicion of the murder of the Wisbech teenager and are currently on police bail.
The Latvian teenager’s grandmother Lidija Dmitrijeva fought back the tears as she paid tribute to the 17-year-old.
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Speaking through a translator, she said: “We are still very upset at the loss of our beautiful daughter, granddaughter and sister Alisa. She was a very friendly girl, had very good marks at college and had a lot of friends, but did not use drugs.”
Originally from Riga, Miss Dmitrijeva arrived in England two years ago when her father, Olegs, and Viktorija, her younger sister, came to live with her grandmother in a rented semi-detached house in Wisbech.
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Although the last confirmed sighting was on August 31, detectives also believe she had attended a beach party at Snettisham on the night of August 30.
Officers searched the beach in January for clues, including Miss Dmitrijeva’s mobile phone, which has not yet been recovered.
Her body was cremated in King’s Lynn and transported to Latvia where they were interred in a cemetery just outside Riga.
Flicking through a picture book containing pictures of Alisa, Mrs Dmitrijeva continued: “I will go out to Latvia on August 31 to where Alisa grew up and go to the cemetery.
“I hope when I get back from Latvia, things will be much calmer and still but I don’t know how long we will feel this way [sic].
“I don’t know [her killers] but I just want to know why they did it.”
She added: “I am very happy with the police because the police are doing everything possible and have been keeping us informed every week.
“I would like to thank the police and also the British government for all they have done to help my family during this difficult time – in Latvia nothing would have been done.”
Miss Dmitrijeva had been due to enrol with the College of West Anglia the day after she was reported missing by her family on September 6.
At the time, detectives at Cambridgeshire Police said the teenager had links in Lincolnshire and Peterborough and that it was not unusual for her to stay away from home for several days, but she had always previously stayed in touch with her family.
Detectives then created an advert on social network website Facebook targeted at people living in Wisbech, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. The advertisement was created in English, Latvian and Lithuanian.