A murder mystery with elements of an Agatha Christie whodunit is unfolding at the vast country estate where Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her family gathered in rural splendour to celebrate Christmas and New Year's.
Police said that a young woman's body was found in the forest at Sandringham, in Norfolk, and that they are treating it as a murder case.
An autopsy was conducted yesterday, but the precise cause of death was not disclosed, and investigators have yet to establish the woman's identity.
The royal family is not implicated in the crime in any way. The body was discovered by a dog walker on New Year's Day three miles from the elegant country home. Norfolk police said tests showed the body had been there one to four months.
Police said a forensic pathologist found that it was highly unlikely the death was from natural causes and that there was no evidence of accidental injury.
Investigators hoped to use DNA to identify the woman.
Forensics investigators were seen in the woodland area yesterday.