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More time for police to quiz man held over pensioner's stab murder

Published 06/06/2016

Police are trying to trace Sylvia Stuart, 69 (Suffolk Constabulary/PA)
Police are trying to trace Sylvia Stuart, 69 (Suffolk Constabulary/PA)
A body of a man believed to be Peter Stuart, 75, was found (Suffolk Constabulary/PA)

Police have been granted extra time to question a man arrested in connection with the brutal stabbing of a pensioner.

Officers investigating the murder of Peter Stuart arrested a 61-year-old man from Leicester at around 8.30am on Sunday. He will remain in custody for further questioning following a superintendent's extension.

Mr Stuart, 75, and his wife Sylvia, of Mill Lane in Weybread, Suffolk, were reported missing on Friday.

A post-mortem examination of Mr Stuart's body, found in woodland close to his home, confirmed he died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Officers are continuing to search for his wife.

Urgent appeals have also been made to locate Ali Qazimaj, who has been living in the Thurrock area of Essex.

Police have identified the 42-year-old as someone they wish to speak to in connection with the murder inquiry and the search for Mrs Stuart.

Mr Qazimaj is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, with brown eyes and dark brown, greying hair. He was last seen on Friday in Essex.

Members of the public are warned not to approach him but to call 999 immediately if he is seen.

His car, a silver Citroen C3, was found in a residential area of Dover at around midnight on Sunday. The vehicle has been searched and will be forensically examined.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: "We are continuing to do everything we can to try and find Sylvia - this remains our priority.

"We believe that locating Ali Qazimaj will help us find Sylvia so we are urgently appealing for anyone who has information on his whereabouts to contact us immediately.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen Sylvia and Peter in the area of the home address on or near Saturday 28 May when they were last seen."

Anyone with information can contact Suffolk Police through the incident room on 01473 782000.

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