MURDER INVESTIGATION: Weybread suspect may have fled to France as last CCTV footage of couple is released
A man whom investigators wish to speak to in connection to the ongoing Weybread murder enquiry may have fled via a ferry to France, Suffolk Police have stated.
Appeals to help trace 42-year-old Ali Qazimaj, a resident of the Tilbury area of Essex, were launched yesterday, as police continue their investigation into the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia.
Detectives have now confirmed they have reliable information which places Mr Qazimaj at the Port of Dover Ferry Terminal on Saturday, June 4, at approximately 6.30pm, and they “strongly believe” he boarded a passenger ferry unaccompanied to Calais, France, shortly after 7pm.
Mr Qazimaj, thought to be originally from former Yugoslavia, is wanted for questioning in relation to the ongoing investigation.
He is described as white, around 5’6” in height, with brown eyes and dark brown greying hair, and police are liaising with national and international authorities in an effort to locate him.
Members of the public are urged not to approach him, but they should call 999 immediately if they see him.
Meanwhile, Suffolk Police has also released new CCTV footage of the last time Peter and Sylvia Stuart were seen, before they were reported missing last Friday morning.
The footage places the couple at Goodies Farm Shop in Wood Lane, Pulham Market on Sunday, May 29, at 10.18am.
Officers are appealing for anybody who might have seen them or who has information regarding their whereabouts from this time until Friday, June 3, to get in touch.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: “The primary focus of our investigation remains on locating Sylvia. We are releasing this further information today in the hope that it may trigger someone’s memory and help us piece together their movements.
“We know that family members were with the couple at their home address on Saturday 28th May and CCTV now places them in Pulham Market the next day.
“If you remember seeing Peter and Sylvia in Pulham Market or if you spoke with them or saw them around this time we are urging you to get in touch.
“It is also essential that we learn more about the whereabouts of Ali Qazimaj as we strongly believe that finding him will lead us to the location of Sylvia.
“Based on this new evidence it is highly likely that he has left the country, so our officers are working with colleagues within the UK and internationally in an effort to trace him.
“Necessary legal proceedings are being undertaken to assist this part of the investigation.”
Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Constabulary on 01473 782000.