The inquest for a teenage girl whose body was found in a remote part of the Sandringham estate more than a year ago has been postponed, it has emerged.
The development has led to speculation that detectives may have a significant new lead in the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Alisa Dmitrijeva.
But police have so far refused to comment on how the inquiry is progressing.
In a statement, a Norfolk Police spokesman said: “An inquest into the death of Alisa Dmitrijeva has been delayed as there is ongoing work being carried out as our inquiries continue.
“Anyone with information which may assist this investigation should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101.
“We will continue to work closely with the coroner as a file is prepared for inquest.”
Senior officers working on the inquiry were unavailable for further comment as the Lynn News went to press yesterday.
As previously reported, Alisa, 17, who lived in Wisbech, was last seen alive in Friars Street, Lynn, in August 2011. She was reported missing in early September 2011 and police believe that she died sometime in that month.
Her body was found by a dog walker in woodland at Anmer, on the Royal estate, on New Year’s Day, 2012.
It is thought she had been there for between one and four months.
Police subsequently launched a murder inquiry and two men were arrested in May last year, initially on suspicion of murder.
However, in August, it was announced that the men were no longer suspected of murder.
The following month, police said that no further action would be taken against the men for any offences.
At that stage, detectives said it was “unlikely” they would be able to say that Alisa had been murdered, because of information they had received during the course of the investigation.
They said that the question of how Alisa died should now be resolved at an inquest.
However, they pledged that their investigations into Alisa’s death would continue.