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Sylvia and Peter Stuart: Police to continue home area search

Sylvia and Peter Stuart Image copyright Suffolk Police
Image caption Sylvia Stuart is still missing. The body of her husband, Peter, was found in woods on Friday

Police investigating the murder of a man and the disappearance of his wife say they are continuing to search fields near their Suffolk home.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart, aged 69 and 75, were reported missing last Friday. Mr Stuart's body was found near their home later that day.

Ali Qazimaj, 42, of Tilbury, is wanted over the murder and disappearance.

Police said while the search for Mr Qazimaj is international in nature, the search for Mrs Stuart is UK-focused.

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Officers said further searches in Weybread were being carried out near the couple's Mill Lane home, where a bunch of flowers had been left outside.

The area around the house remains sealed off, with a police community support officer on guard outside the property.

Image caption Police are searching the area around the couple's home, where someone has left a bunch of flowers in their memory
Image caption Officers have been searching through dung heaps near the couple's home

The force said it would be "combing" fields near the house as part of an "ongoing search strategy" to locate Sylvia Stuart and any further evidence.

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "We are continuing to work to locate Sylvia and to find Ali Qazimaj."

The couple's son-in-law Steve Paxman, 61 and from Leicester, was arrested on Sunday in connection with Mr Stuart's death, and released on police bail until 3 August.

Ali Qazimaj - what we know

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Image caption Ali Qazimaj is believed to have entered the UK as an asylum seeker and gained work as a forklift driver in Essex
  • Aged 42, about 5ft 6in (1.7m) with brown eyes and dark brown greying hair
  • Uses the alias Marco Costa
  • Police believe he is from Kosovo and was granted asylum and a UK passport following the conflict in the former Yugoslavia
  • Lived in Tilbury, Essex, and worked in Purfleet as a forklift driver
  • Police have received '"reliable information" which places him at Dover's ferry terminal at about 18:30 BST on Saturday
  • It is "strongly believed" that he then boarded a passenger ferry unaccompanied to Calais in France soon after 19:00
  • His silver Citroen C3 was found at about midnight on Sunday on Athol Terrace, within sight of the ferry terminal

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