Sunday 17 December 2017

Missing pair linked to royal estate body find

Ben Kendall

The disappearances of two young women are among cases being examined by detectives investigating the discovery of a body on the queen's estate.

Detectives from Norfolk Police were expecting an analysis of samples taken from the body, found at Sandringham, to provide a DNA profile of the victim last night.

They are examining missing persons reports for potential links to the body -- which has been identified as that of a young adult woman that has been at the site for between one and four months.

Detective chief inspector Jes Fry admitted he did not know the identity of the victim and this was the main line of inquiry. He did not rule out links to the disappearances of Alisa Dmitrijeva (17), from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and Vitalija Baliutaviciene (29), from Peterborough, who both vanished last August.

Mr Fry said: "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."

Ms Dmitrijeva was last seen on August 31 in Friars Street, King's Lynn. She was reported missing on September 6.

Since then there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings and police have offered a £5,000 (€6,030) 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.

Lithuanian Ms Baliutaviciene has not been seen since leaving her home in Burmer Road, Peterborough, at 5am on August 12. Rimas Venclovas (46) who was extradited from Lithuania, has been charged with her kidnap and murder, but no body has been found.

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

Mr Fry said it was not yet clear if the woman was killed at the scene or taken there after death.

Irish Independent

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