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15 March 2012, 10:45 | Updated: 15 March 2012, 13:35
Officers from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team say they have made an important forensic breakthrough into the investigation of the death of Alisa Dmitrijeva, whose body was found in West Norfolk at the beginning of the year.
Alisa’s body was found by a dog walker in a copse on arable land at Anmer, near Sandringham, on Sunday 1 January 2012.
The bottle green P-registration Lexus GS300 that Alisa was last seen in on 31 August 2011 has been recovered and is being forensically examined.
Additionally, early results from the forensic palynologist, who specialises in identifying pollen and spores, has indicated that there is a very rare composition of sporesfrom fungi at the site where Alisa’s body was found. The pollen types found at the scene, though not unusual in themselves, are also thought to be of an unusual distribution.
Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, who is leading the enquiry, commented on the discovery saying: “Work is currently being carried out on soil and debris samples found in the car to identify the pollen and spores in them. These will then be compared with the results from the samples taken at Anmer. This may take several weeks to analyse and if a link is identified, it could be a significant step forward in the enquiry. ”
Anyone with any information relating to the incident should contact the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.