With Sandringham House in the background, the estate is popular with walkers
12:29pm UK, Tuesday January 03, 2012
The discovery of a woman’s body on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is being treated as murder, police have said.
A walker found the human remains in woodlands in the village of Anmer on New Year’s Day, shortly after 4pm.
Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry told a press conference at the scene that officers are examining cold cases nationwide for potential links.
He said: “We are at the very early stages of the investigation and it could be a complex inquiry.
“The body had been there for some time.
“The circumstances suggest this is a murder case and we are looking at missing persons reports and cold cases both locally and nationwide.”
A Norfolk Constabulary police spokesman had earlier confirmed the remains found were that of a single body.
Police guard the area near where the remains were found
Anmer is situated on the 20,000-acre Sandringham estate, around three miles from Sandringham House.
The area was sealed off by police before they started a detailed search.
No indication of the age of the remains was released. It is not known how long the remains have been there.
Buckingham Palace said it had no comment to make as it was “a matter for Norfolk police”.
The body is due to be moved later on Tuesday, and will be taken to the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in King’s Lynn for a post-mortem.
Sandringham is the country retreat of the Queen, with the house itself being set in 24 hectares of gardens.
It has housed various members of the Royal family since 1862.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are currently staying on the estate for their Christmas break.
They usually make the Norfolk house their official base until February, with other family members joining them to mark the festive period.