Murder probe after body found in hunt for missing Suffolk pensioners
A murder investigation has been launched after police discovered the body of a man believed to be missing 75-year-old Peter Stuart.
The body was found shortly after 7pm on Friday in woodland in Weybread, Suffolk, near to where he shared a home with his wife Sylvia Stuart, who is also missing.
Although formal identification has yet to take place, police said they thought the body was that of Mr Stuart, who has not been seen since May 28.
Suffolk Police's Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: "We are treating this as a murder inquiry and as a missing person investigation as we continue to search for Sylvia.
"We are currently carrying out a number of inquiries to find out exactly what has happened and would continue to ask anyone with information to come forward."
The couple were reported missing at around 7.15am on Friday after checks with friends, neighbours and hospitals failed to locate them.
Police launched a search after their car was found still at their home in Mill Lane, and are continuing to comb the area in an effort find Mrs Stuart, 69.
Family liaison officers have been appointed to support the couple's family.
Mr Parkes added: "We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in this area of Weybread between Saturday May 28 and today and would ask anyone who can help to call us."
Police are asking anyone who may be able to assist to call 01473 782000 or 101, quoting CAD number 49 of Friday June 3.
Police officers from a number of wider regions, including Essex and Cambridge, have been drafted in to assist the investigation.
Some 20 trained officers spent Sunday searching the woodland near to where the couple lived, police said.
Meanwhile, Suffolk and Norfolk major investigation team are carrying out extensive background inquiries in an effort to identify Mrs Stuart's whereabouts.