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19 January 2012, 15:47
The family of a teenager who was found dead on the Royal Estate at Sandringham have paid tribute to her.
As Norfolk Constabulary continues the investigation into the murder of 17-year-old Alisa Dmitrijeva, her grandmother has issued the following tribute:
Our family has been left devastated and in a state of grief and sorrow at the sad and untimely loss of our beautiful daughter, granddaughter and sister Alisa. We have read about distressing things like this in the paper happening to other families but we never thought anything would happen to us.
Our hearts have been broken in the way Alisa was taken from us and we hope no other family has to suffer as we have. Please can you help us to find out what happened to Alisa, and who is responsible for her murder. She was just little, she never deserved this.
Alisa had just finished college and I proudly look after her certificates which she never knew she achieved. She went missing just before they were delivered. We will never know how bright her future might have been.
Human remains were found by a dog walker in a copse on arable land at Anmer, near Sandringham, on Sunday 1 January 2012. Police were informed shortly after 4pm.
The scene was immediately cordoned off and a forensic examination was carried out using relevant experts and a finger tip search of the area was undertaken. A DNA profile and a palm print have identified the remains as those of Alisa, who was reported missing from Wisbech on 6 September 2011.
Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team continue to carry out inquiries to establish exactly what happened to Alisa. Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are very encouraged by the 70 calls and messages we have received since we identified Alisa, these are being followed up by a team of officers making ongoing inquiries into Alisa’s disappearance and death.
"I would still ask the local communities in Wisbech and King’s Lynn to think back to the August bank holiday and following week in September last year, and to get in touch if they have any information about Alisa’s whereabouts during this time. We particularly want to hear from members of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian communities who may have known Alisa. We have had multi-lingual posters put up in key locations to encourage people to come forward.
“As well as sightings of Alisa herself, I am particularly keen to try to find her black LG GM360 mobile phone, or to hear of any sightings of the bottle green P-registration Lexus GS300 that Alisa was last seen in in King’s Lynn on 31 August 2011.”
Anyone with any information relating to the incident should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.