Police have made a new appeal for information into the death of a teenage girl almost a year after her body was found on the Sandringham estate.
The remains of 17-year-old Alisa Dmitrijeva were found by a dog walker in woodland at Anmer on the royal estate on New Year’s Day.
Now, with the anniversary of the discovery just days away, detectives and Alisa’s family have both renewed their pleas for help to find out how she died.
Det Insp Marie James, of the Norfolk and Suffolk police major investigation team, said: “This will be a difficult time of year for Alisa’s family, and I would urge anyone with information about her disappearance and death to come forward, so we can give them some answers.”
In a statement released by police yesterday, Alisa’s grandmother said: “Last year we had hope that we would see Alisa alive. This year we have nothing. A year on, the pain is still too raw.
“We cannot live without the answers to so many of our questions, questions that not even the police can answer so please can the person who knows what happened to Alisa come forward. I’m worried I won’t be alive to see these people punished.
“Please help the police if you have anything to say - we believe someone is too scared to talk, but please speak up, we wait for your news.”
As previously reported, Alisa, who was originally from Latvia, went missing from her home in Wisbech in August 2011 and was last seen alive in Friars Street, Lynn.
Her body was found on the Sandringham estate on January 1 and was confirmed as Alisa eight days later.
Two men who were initially arrested on suspicion of the teenager’s murder in May were subsequently told in August that they were no longer suspected of killing her.
In September, it emerged that prosecutors believed there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the men for any offence.
At the same time, detectives admitted it was now “unlikely” that they would be able to prove Alisa had been murdered, suggesting that information obtained since January had undermined their initial murder suspicions.
But Det Insp James insisted: “This does not mean that the case is closed.
“Any new information we receive will be looked into and we are continuing to prepare a file for the coroner for inquest.”
She added: “Whilst Alisa’s body was found at Anmer a year ago, the key time we need information on is when she was last seen at the end of August last year.
“We remain keen to hear from anyone who has any information on her movements in the King’s Lynn and Wisbech areas between Tuesday, August 30 and Tuesday, September 6, 2011.”
Anyone with information about Alisa’s death is urged to contact the major investigation team on the non-emergency 101 number (calls cost 15p).
Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
August 2011 Alisa Dmitrijeva goes missing.
January 1, 2012
Woman’s body found on Sandringham estate.
Body confirmed as that of Alisa.
Two arrested on suspicion of murder
Men released as detectives admit it is unlikely they’ll be able to prove Alisa was murdered.