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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
Human Remains Discovered on Royal Estate in Norfolk, England
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)

(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.

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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. (Read more Queen Elizabeth II stories.)

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