Weybread murder: Search for Sylvia Stuart is expanded as police search roads between Weybread and Tilbury

Peter Stuart (left) whose body was found close to his Weybread home, and his wife Sylvia (right) who

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

The search for missing Sylvia Stuart will be broadened from north Suffolk in a bid to find the 69-year-old.

The 69-year-old has been missing since the end of May and police have been searching for her since her husband Peter, 75, was found stabbed to death in woods near their home in the village of Weybread, north Suffolk.

Suffolk and Essex Police will be searching along roadsides between Weybread and the Tilbury area of Essex over the next few days as officers extend searches to potential stopping places between the Weybread home and Essex where the murder suspect lived.

On Monday a drone from Essex Police searched the farmland which surrounds the Stuart's home on Mill Lane.

The couple were first reported missing on Friday, June 3. Later that day Mr Stuart's body was found 50ft from his home.

The hunt for the key suspect, Ali Qazimaj, moved focus to Albania after an Albanian mobile number connected to the 42-year-old forklift driver was given to investigators by a Sunday newspaper.

Qazimaj had previously used the alias Marco Costa and had been living in the Tilbury area of Essex.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: 'After carrying out work in the vicinity of the couple's Weybread home, and at other locations linked to the enquiry, we are now expanding the search for Sylvia between Suffolk and Essex.

'While search officers in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire have been working together in the UK, we're also continuing to work with international law enforcement on the hunt for Ali Qazimaj.'

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