Weybread murder: CCTV footage of Peter and Sylvia Stuart released, suspect believed to have boarded ferry to France
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Detectives investigating the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia have released CCTV footage of the last time they were seen.
Sylvia and Peter Stuart of Mill Lane in Weybread were reported missing to police on Friday, June 3. Enquiries in the area led to the discovery of the body of Peter in woodland surrounding the property later that evening. A post mortem investigation into the death confirmed that he had died from multiple stab wounds.
Sylvia remains missing and police officers remain at the Weybread address.
CCTV footage shows Sylvia and Peter Stuart at Goodies Farm Shop on Wood Lane in Pulham Market at 10.18am on Sunday, May 29. The police are appealing for anyone who may have seen them or who has information regarding their whereabouts from this time until Friday, June 3 to get in touch.
Police are also releasing further information on the last known sighting of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the murder.
Appeals were issued yesterday to trace Ali Qazimaj, a 42-year-old man who has been living in the Tilbury area of Essex. Police attended his home address in Tilbury on Sunday evening searching for him and Sylvia Stuart, and officers remain at this location.
As part of extensive work to locate him, around midnight on Sunday, June 5 his car – a silver Citroen C3 – was located in Athol Terrace in Dover, Kent.
Detectives can now confirm they have reliable information which places Qazimaj at the Port of Dover Ferry Terminal at around 6:30pm on Saturday, June 4. It is strongly believed that he then boarded a passenger ferry unaccompanied to Calais in France soon after 7pm. Enquiries nationally and internationally continue in an effort to locate him.
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Mr Qazimaj is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, with brown eyes and dark brown greying hair.
Police are urging that you should not approach Qazimaj but if you see him please call 999 immediately. Anyone with information can contact Suffolk Police through the incident room on 01473 782000.
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Detective chief superintendent Simon Parkes said: 'The primary focus of our investigation remains on locating Sylvia. We are releasing this further information today in the hope that it may trigger someone's memory and help us piece together their movements.
'We know that family members were with the couple at their home address on Saturday, May 28 and CCTV now places them in Pulham Market the next day. If you remember seeing Peter and Sylvia in Pulham Market or if you spoke with them or saw them around this time we are urging you to get in touch.
'It is also essential that we learn more about the whereabouts of Ali Qazimaj as we strongly believe that finding him will lead us to the location of Sylvia.
'Based on this new evidence it is highly likely that he has left the country, so our officers are working with colleagues within the UK and internationally in an effort to trace him. Necessary legal proceedings are being undertaken to assist this part of the investigation.'
A man arrested in connection with the murder of Peter Stuart has been released on police bail.
The 61-year-old man from Leicester was arrested by officers at around 8.30am on Sunday, June 5 and was bailed yesterday evening. He is due to return to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre on Wednesday, August 3.