UPDATE: Gran says ‘Alisa is missing, Alisa is not dead’ as she clings to hope she was not murdered
THE grandmother of missing Wisbech teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva continues to cling onto the hope that it was not her body found near King’s Lynn.
THE grandmother of missing Wisbech teenager Alisa Nesterova continues to cling onto the hope that it was not her body found near King’s Lynn.
Lidija Nesterova, 62, has been visited by police and told it could be 17- year-old Alisa’s body found at Anmer on the Queen’s estate at Sandringham.
“Alisa is missing. Alisa is not dead,” said Mrs Nesterova, fighting back tears at the home she shared with her grand daughter.
Alisa lived in the rented Wisbech home with her father Olegs Dmitrijeva and her 10 year-old sister Victoria.
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The day after she disappeared in September she had been due to enrol on a course at the College of West Anglia. She never turned up and a massive police hunt – including the promise of a �5,000 reward - has failed to turn up clues as to where she might have gone.
For now the mystery of the body found murdered near Sandringham is yet to be resolved after extensive forensic inquiries drew a blank.
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Police said samples taken from the body of the young female found on New Year’s Day have not provided the expected DNA profile. It means the identity of the victim cannot yet be established, said Norfolk Police.
The murdered girl found on the Queen’s estate at Sandringham is thought to be Alisa Dmitrijeva but identification will now go into another day.
The body is described as a young, white, adult female, aged between 15 and 23 years old, which has been at the site for between a month and up to four months.
Further searches of the area around the site, off Kings Avenue in the village of Amner near King’s Lynn continue.
The police spokesman added: “The forensic pathologist believes it is highly unlikely the death was through natural causes. There is no evidence of accidental injury, damage due to firearms or bladed weapon.”
Det Chief Insp Jes Fry, of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said he could not rule out that the body was that of Wisbech student Alisa Dmitrijeva.
Latvian-born Miss Dmitrijeva, 17, was last seen on August 31, in Friars Street, King’s Lynn. She was reported missing by a family member on September 6.
Since then, there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings and police have offered a �5,000 reward for information on her whereabouts.
Detectives have also said they want to trace the movements of a P-registered green Lexus GS300 car in connection with her disappearance.
Earlier Det Chief Insp Jes Fry, of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: “We are at the very early stages of the investigation and it could be a complex inquiry.
“We will be looking at all missing persons and she will be in the list of people to be eliminated.
“We will be focusing on all local missing persons and then spread our catchment area depending on how our investigation goes.
“Part of the post-mortem will try to establish the identification through fingerprints or DNA which may help us identify who the victim is more quickly.
“Hopefully in the next day or so we will have a good idea who we are dealing with and that may open fresh lines of inquiry.”
Forensic officers were seen coming out of the wood carrying evidence bags.
Asked why police were treating the death as murder, DCI Fry replied: “I can’t go into that.”
He said it was not yet clear if the woman was killed at the scene or taken there after her death.
“Currently we have CSI officers deployed at the scene working with forensic pathologists and forensic anthropologists,” he said.
“They are recovering evidence from the scene to make sure we can catch as much as we can from what we have left, whether that is fibres, body tissue, or anything discarded.”
Asked to describe what the victim was wearing, DCI Fry replied: “I don’t want to make any comment about how the victim was clothed because the only people that know are my staff at the scene, the person who found her and those responsible for putting her there. Therefore, that is something I would like to retain.”
The Queen has reportedly been told about the discovery near Sandringham House where the Royal Family spent Christmas.
Buckingham Palace said: “It’s a matter for the police. We have no comment to make.”