Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Edward arrive for a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk in east England December 25, 2011.
Credits: (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)
On Sunday afternoon, a passerby found human remains in a wooded area in Anmer, a small Norfolk village the British Press Association identifies as being a part of Sandringham, a royal retreat where the Queen and her family spend the holidays. The property includes a 19th-century home and thousands of acres of land.
On Tuesday morning, Norfolk County Police announced it has launched a murder investigation into the death.
"The area has been sealed off and a detailed search is currently being carried out," reads a police statement. "Examinations of the scene are being conducted by forensic experts in pathology and anthropology and should be completed today."
An autopsy will take place Tuesday afternoon.