Dog Walker Finds Human Remains on Royal Estate

Forensic experts scour woodland for evidence
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2012 6:33 PM CST
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from well-wishers at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A dog walker discovered human remains yesterday less than two miles from the Queen's residence on a British royal estate, police say. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, who are staying at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for a Christmas holiday, were told about the discovery after attending a church service yesterday. Police have sealed off the woodland area where the remains were found and are searching for forensic evidence.

No details have emerged about the remains, but the estate's website says that half of the royal residence is rented by agricultural tenants, the AP reports. The 20,000-acre estate also has a country park, a fruit farm, two stud farms, and the estate's gardens, which together employ more than 100 full-time workers.

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