Police Narrow Profile of Human Remains Found on Queen's Estate


Sandringham House has served as a private residence for British monarchs since 1862 and is a favorite of the royal family's as a holiday retreat. The royals, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton, had gathered there with the queen and Prince Philip to celebrate Christmas this year.

In addition to housing the queen, Sandringham Estate includes public gardens, villages and cottages with sitting tenants, horse grounds and fully operating farms.

The royals have not spoken publicly on the discovery, but police reportedly alerted them to the discovery Monday night.

"My understanding is that the queen is being kept informed of these developments when there is news to tell her," Larcombe said.

The queen and Prince Philip have announced no plans to leave the estate earlier than their planned Jan. 14 departure.

"I don't think they're going to come near this part of the estate but that's probably more to do with all the press and photographers that are here rather than part of the police investigation," Larcombe said.

The grounds surrounding the queen's residence at Sandringham are particularly busy this time of year with extra security personnel on hand to guard the royal family from the flock of tourists who travel to the estate in hopes of catching a glimpse of the family.

"It's an extraordinary place for someone to decide to dump a body because this place is also crawling with police most of the year because of its royal connections," Larcombe said. "…It's littered with foot paths, a lot of houses around here. There are sitting tenants here. There are state workers here."

While the murder investigation is the first to happen directly on the grounds of a royal palace, the storyline is eerily similar for the queen and her family.

The body of Robert James Moore, a U.S. man described as a loner and obsessed with the queen, was discovered in March on an island in St. James's Park near Buckingham Palace, roughly three years after Moore was believed to have died.

ABC News' Jean-Nicholas Fievet, Nick Watt, Simon McGregor-Wood and Carolyn Durand contributed to this report.

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