POLICE investigating the murder of teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva say they have received a flood of calls from people wanting to help.
Detectives launched their appeal for information earlier this week and are now putting up posters in different languages around Lynn and Wisbech in a bid to get help from the Eastern European community.
Alisa’s body was discovered on the Sandringham estate on New Year’s Day, three months after she was reported missing by her grandmother on September 6.
The 17-year-old, of Railway Road, Wisbech, was found by a dog walker in an isolated woodland off King’s Avenue, which runs between Anmer and Sandringham. Police were able to identify her using her palm print scan, which was verified using DNA from her leg bone.
The man leading the inquiry, Det Chief Insp Jes Fry, says he is pleased with the response to the appeal so far but they still want to know more about her movements on the last day of August.
Alisa was last seen getting into a green Lexus with two men in Friars Street, Lynn, just after midnight on August 31. They told police they later dropped her off at Asda in Wisbech.
Police have also received a further sighting of Alisa in Lynn 45 minutes after Friars Street.
Police will not say if the men in the Lexus have been re-interviewed.
Det Chief Insp Fry said: “We are unable to comment on who we have or haven’t spoken with in terms of this inquiry.”
Officers in Lynn and Wisbech have started to put up posters around both towns.
The inquiry is trying to build up a picture of Alisa’s movements prior to her disappearance on August 31.
Police are appealing for sightings of Alisa between noon on August 30 and midnight on September 6.
The posters contain Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian translations of the appeal.
Det Chief Insp Fry said: “We are continuing to appeal to the public – we have taken steps to reach the Lithuanian and Latvian communities through posters, websites, already established local contacts and local officers and would continue to encourage people from those communities to engage with us.”
Police are also appealing to people who organised or attended events in the Sandringham area between August 30 and September 6 to get in touch.
An inquest into Alisa’s death was opened in Norwich by coroner William Armstrong on Tuesday.
The hearing was told that a post-mortem examination had not found the cause of death and tests were continuing.
The post-mortem examination was held at Queen Elizabeth Hospital by Dr Nat Carey on Tuesday last week.