Police talk to Sandringham workers about estate body

Police investigating the death of a young woman whose remains were found on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk have spoken to estate workers.

The remains of the woman, said to be aged between 15 to 23, were found by a dog walker in Anmer, near King's Lynn, on New Year's Day.

Det Chief Insp Jes Fry said the site where the body was found was regularly used for shoots.

The woman has not yet been identified. Police are treating the case as murder.

Norfolk Police do not believe the woman died of natural causes.

Mr Fry said officers had spoken to the Sandringham gamekeeper, estate manager and beaters for potential leads in the case.

Image caption The remains were found on the Queen's Sandringham estate by a dog walker

"Once we know more we will decide if we need to speak to any other members of the household as witnesses," he said.

Detectives still have no DNA profile of the woman, who is said to be white, between 5ft 4in and 5ft 6 ins with high cheek bones.

Personal artefacts, including jewellery, had been recovered from around the area in which the body was found, Mr Fry said.

Samples taken from teeth, bone and muscle tissue have now been sent for analysis.

Further test results are expected on Monday.

Insect specialist

It is understood an entomologist, a specialist in insects, from the Natural History Museum is due to visit the site later.

Mr Fry said the decomposed state of the body had complicated efforts to compile a DNA profile.

Officers have started examining cold cases across the UK for potential links.

There was no evidence of accidental injury, damage due to firearms or a bladed weapon, police have said.

Officers have been searching wooded area on farmland at the 20,000-acre (8,000 hectare) royal estate.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex, have been staying on the Sandringham Estate.

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