Queen's Sandringham Estate murder: Car recovered

Alisa Dmitrijeva
Image caption Alisa Dmitrijeva moved to the UK with her family in 2009

Police investigating the murder of a woman found dead on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk have recovered the car she was last seen in.

The body of Alisa Dmitrijeva, 17, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was discovered by a dog walker in Anmer, near King's Lynn, on 1 January.

Detectives said the P-registration Lexus GS300 was being examined by forensic science experts.

The car was found in a scrapyard in the Wisbech area.

Officers have also revealed a forensic palynologist, who specialises in identifying pollen and spores, had been brought in to help the investigation.

'Significant step forward'

The expert found a "very rare composition of spores from fungi" at the site where the teenager's body was found.

Pollen types discovered at the scene were also of "unusual distribution", Norfolk police said.

Image caption Police said Miss Dmitrijeva was last seen in a Lexus GS300 car

Tests are now taking place to see if the samples match those discovered in the car.

Det Ch Insp Jes Fry, who is leading the inquiry, said: "Work is currently being carried out on soil and debris samples found in the car to identify the pollen and spores in them.

"These will then be compared with the results from the samples taken at Anmer.

"This may take several weeks to analyse and if a link is identified, it could be a significant step forward in the inquiry. "

Latvian-born Miss Dmitrijeva was last seen in the vehicle in King's Lynn, Norfolk, on 31 August.

She was reported missing on 6 September.

Police confirmed her death was being treated as murder.

In January, Miss Dmitrijeva's family said their "hearts have been broken".

Initial post-mortem tests have failed to establish a cause of death.

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