Police launch manhunt after murder of pensioner and disappearance of his wife
Published 06/06/2016 | 10:17
A manhunt is under way after the murder of a pensioner and disappearance of his elderly wife.
A body, believed to be that of Peter Stuart, 75, was found in woodland in Weybread, Suffolk, on Friday evening.
Police are continuing to search for his wife Sylvia, 69, who is still missing.
Officers have launched a major search for Ali Qazimaj, 42, who has been living in the Thurrock area of Essex.
Members of the public are warned not to approach him but to call 999 immediately if he is seen.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: "This remains a fast moving investigation and our priority continues to be to trace Sylvia.
"With this in mind we are keen to speak to Ali Qazimaj.
"Officers are working to locate him and we would ask anyone with information about where he is to get in contact with police as a matter of urgency."
Mr Qazimaj is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, with brown eyes and dark brown greying hair. He was last seen on Friday in Essex.
His car, a silver Citroen C3, was found in a residential area of Dover at around midnight on Sunday.
The vehicle has been searched and will be forensically examined.
Mr and Mrs Stuart have not been seen since May 28. They were reported missing at around 7.15am on Friday after checks with friends, neighbours and hospitals failed to locate them.
Dozens of officers scoured the woodland near where the couple lived in Mill Lane.
Authorities are awaiting the results of a post-mortem of the body, which has not yet been formally identified.
A 61-year-old man, from Leicester, was arrested on Sunday and is in police custody.
Anyone with information can call Sussex Police on 01473 782000 or 101, quoting CAD number 49 of Friday June 3.