Police promise to follow up any information on whereabouts of murdered Suffolk woman
PUBLISHED: 07:30 07 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:47 07 July 2018
The family of a murdered woman whose body has not been found more than two years after she went missing have been promised police will follow up any information about her whereabouts.
The body of Sylvia Stuart’s husband Peter, 75, was found in a stream close to their home in Weybread, Suffolk, on June 3 2016, but her remains have never been found.
Ali Qazimaj was found guilty of killing the couple has been sentenced to a minimum of 35 years in prison.
Suffolk Police have stopped searching for Mrs Stuart, 69, but will follow up on any leads which might assist in locating her.
Andy Guy, the Senior Investigating Officer in this case and now the Major Crime Review and Cold Case Manager of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Crime Review Team) said: “Despite a huge number of officers from three counties completing hundreds of hours of searches Sylvia remains missing. Searches were conducted around the Stuart’s home address, the entire route between Weybread and Tilbury and the home and workplace of Ali Qazimaj. “Although our active searching has stopped, as I said after the conviction of Qazimaj I have promised the family that I will continue to follow up any information that assists in locating Sylvia and this remains the case. I would also ask anyone who may have information to call us.”
A police spokesman confirmed further active searches will be conducted if new information is received.
Qazimaj, formerly of Tilbury, Essex, was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court in March last year.
He claimed during his trial he was actually called Vital Dapi.
Mr and Mrs Stuart were last seen alive at a farm shop in Pulham Market, Norfolk, on May 29 2016.
They were reported missing on 3 June 2016, the same day that Mr Stuart’s body was found.
Qazimaj told his trial that he was 44-year-old Dapi, and he had never been to the UK until he was arrested in Luxembourg in July and extradited here.
Sentencing Quazimaj last year, Mr Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith described the killings as “exceptional and terrible” and described him as a “ruthless and accomplished” killer.”