Officers were alerted Sunday by a member of the public who found the remains while walking in the woods by the village of Anmer, near the town of King’s Lynn, Norfolk police said. Police said the area had been sealed off while forensic investigations are carried out. An autopsy conducted Tuesday revealed the remains were of a young woman and had been at the site for between one and four months, police said.
The pathologist “believes it is highly unlikely the death was through natural causes,” the police statement said. “There is no evidence of accidental injury, damage due to firearms or bladed weapon.”
Sandringham House, at the heart of the 20,000-acre rural estate, is where the royal family traditionally gathers to celebrate Christmas. It’s been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862, and is one of two private residences used by the queen. Part of the estate is a 600-acre country park open to the public.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman told CNN Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip “are in residence at Sandringham from mid-December to the end of January. Sandringham House and its gardens are open to the public from April to November.
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