A WISBECH grandmother is continuing to hold out hope that the body of a young woman found on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate is not that of her missing teenage granddaughter.
Lidija Nesterova, speaking from her rented semi-detached home in Wisbech, fought back tears as she today (Thursday) told reporters her granddaughter Alisa Dmitrijeva “is missing, not dead”.
Journalists have been outside Mrs Nesterova’s home since speculation began to grow that the body discovered by a dog walker on New Year’s Day in a copse near Anmer, was that of Alisa, who disappeared in August.
Mrs Nesterova also told reporters police had been to her home to inform her of the body’s discovery, but she refused to accept it was her missing granddaughter.
Police had hoped that samples taken from the body during a Post Mortem on Tuesday would provide a DNA profile and help establish the victim’s identity but unfortunately they failed to provide the necessary results.
Further testing was being carried out today to try to establish the victim’s identity - results are expected within the next 24 hours.
Officers will also look at more traditional methods of identifying the victim, which may take longer.
Police have confirmed the dead woman was ‘probably the victim of a murder’ but would not reveal how she might have been killed or if she was clothed, although they did say there were no signs of gunshot or stab wounds.
Further searches of the area around the site, off Kings Avenue in Anmer, were also continuing today.
Police launched a missing person’s inquiry after Alisa was reported missing by a relative on September 6.
At the time detectives said Alisa, who also has links in Lincolnshire and Peterborough, had previously stayed away from home for several days, but on those occasions had always stayed in touch with her family.
But they renewed efforts to trace Alisa only last month with a poster campaign in various languages including Latvian, Polish and English and offering a £5,000 reward for information on the missing teenager.
Alisa (17) was reportedly last seen in a car at around 12.15am on August 31 in Friars Street, King’s Lynn - around 10 miles from Sandringham.
She lived with her grandmother, father Olegs Dmitrijeva and younger sister Victoria (10) and was due to enrol at the College of West Anglia in King’s Lynn the day after her disappearance. Her mother is believed to live in Lincoln
The former Chatteris Cromwell Community College student, was described as 5ft 6ins tall and at the time of her disappearance had collar length dark brown hair and blonde highlights. It is believed she attended the Chatteris school as there were no spaces for her at Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson Community College.
It is understood she had already completed a course at the College of West Anglia and was expected to enrol to continue her studies at the King’s Lynn campus.
Speculation the body is Alisa’s has grown as more information about the remains has been released by police, who launched a murder enquiry following Sunday’s grim discovery.
A police statement said: “The body was described as a young, white adult female, aged between 15 and 23 years old, which has been at that site for a period estimated to be between a month and up to four months.”
There is also a possibility the body is that of Vitalija Baliutaviciene (29), who vanished in August.
Det Chief Inspector Jes Fry, who is leading the inquiry, has said both cases were “lines of inquiry” being pursued.
The Queen, who is enjoying her annual Christmas break at Sandringham, has been informed of the police investigation, but Buckingham Palace has refused to comment on what they describe as a “police matter”.