Weybread murder: Drone called in to help search for missing Sylvia Stuart

Police continue to search the fields near the home of Peter and Sylvia Stuart in Weybread, Suffolk.P

Police continue to search the fields near the home of Peter and Sylvia Stuart in Weybread, Suffolk.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A drone will be used today to take video and photographic evidence in the search for Sylvia Stuart.

Peter Stuart (left) whose body is believed to have been found close to his Weybread home, and his wi

Peter Stuart (left) whose body is believed to have been found close to his Weybread home, and his wife Sylvia (right) who is missing. - Credit: Archant

The drone is operated by Essex police and is part of an ongoing search to try and locate Mrs Stuart.

It comes as the hunt for the key suspect, Ali Qazimaj, moved to Albania after an Albanian mobile number connected to Ali Qazimaj, 42, was given to investigators by a Sunday newspaper.

It stated that Qazimaj travelled to Albania in 2013 using a false passport.

He is believed to have fled to the continent following the death of Peter Stuart, 75, and disappearance of his wife Sylvia, 69, who is presumed dead by police.


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Mr Stuart's body was found in woodland on the night of June 3 near the couple's home in Mill Lane. A post-mortem confirmed he died from multiple stab wounds.

Mrs Stuart was last seen with her husband at the end of May.

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The joint Suffolk and Norfolk Major Investigation Team is continuing to liaise with international law enforcement agencies to trace Qazimaj, who has also previously used the alias of Marco Costa.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: 'Over the weekend police have been continuing searches and these will be ongoing in a bid to locate Sylvia.

'A lot of work is continuing behind the scenes, including liaison with authorities on the continent to try to locate Ali Qazimaj.

'While we won't comment on individual pieces of information being fed into the enquiry, we are grateful to all of those who have been assisting us. We would still like to hear from anyone who may have information that may help the investigation.'

Yesterday, a group of friends organised a search for her in the area near Wortwell, meeting at the Bell pub.

Anyone who can help is asked to call Suffolk Police through the incident room on 01473 782000.

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