Weybread murder: Police bail 61-year-old arrested in connection into death of Peter Stuart, thought to be son-in-law
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Suffolk police officers have bailed a 61-year-old man who was arrested following the death of Peter Stuart in Weybread, and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia.
The Leicester man, who is believed to be the victim's son-in-law Steve Paxman, was arrested on Sunday morning.
Mr Paxman is married to Peter and Sylvia's daughter Christy, and is seen in the photo above with his parents-in-law in 2013.
Officers transferred the man to Suffolk for questioning after Mr Stuart's body was found on Friday night in woods next to his home in the north Suffolk village.
But this morning Suffolk police confirmed the man had been bailed until August 3.
The body has now been formally identified as Peter Stuart, who died of multiple stab wounds.
Officers were granted additional time to question the man this afternoon as they continue their search for Sylvia Stuart, 69, who was reported missing on Friday.
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Mr Paxman, a dog breeder, used to live in a house on the same site as the Stuarts on Mill Lane in Weybread.
He moved to Leicester with his wife last year.
Suffolk police are also liaising with international police forces to find another man, Ali Qazimaj who is a suspect in the murder investigation.Mr Qazimaj's car was found in Dover overnight on Monday just metres from the ferry terminal and his flat in Tilbury was searched by police today.
Police are also still searching for Mr Stuart's wife Sylvia, 69. Detectives said on Monday that there was a 'slim' chance she could be with Mr Qazimaj, who they believe may have gone abroad.
Parish Council chairman and local history expert Graham Gibbs said the situation was surreal.
'You know it is there and you know it has happened but it feels distant because it could not happen in Weybread,' he said.
'They were such a quiet couple. I had seen them about but they did not come to local events. It is very sad.
'It is a shock that it could happen in our village because this is something that happens somewhere else.
'The last murder I know of in the village was in 1858 and it was in the same road. It happened at Mill Road Farm and the farmer killed the farm labourer.'
Weybread's vicar, the Revd Susan Ann Loxton, said: 'At the normal service on Sunday at St Andrew Parish Church in Weybread, prayers were said for the family, community and the police. At other services across our churches, prayers were said for them.
'It is a rural village and there is not really a centre to it. Crime is very low thankfully and it is a big shock.
'They were a very private couple. As was their house, I go past the end of their drive once a week on my way between churches.'