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Cops continue to pursue Tilbury man over murder of former Grays resident in Suffolk

DETECTIVES are appealing for further information to help them understand more about the man thought to be involved in the murder of Peter Stuart.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart of Mill Lane in Weybread were reported missing to police on Friday 3 June. Enquiries in the area led to the discovery of the body of Peter in woodland surrounding the property later that evening. A post mortem investigation into the death confirmed that he had died from multiple stab wounds. 

Sylvia remains missing and the investigation continues to find her.

Appeals were issued on Monday 6 June to trace Ali Qazimaj, a 42-year-old man who has been living in the Tilbury area of Essex, who officers would like to speak to in connection with the murder. Police attended his home address in Tilbury on Sunday evening searching for him and Sylvia Stuart.

"We strongly believe that finding Ali Qazimaj will help us in locating Sylvia, who has now not been seen for nearly 10 days."

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes

As part of extensive work to locate him, around midnight Sunday 5 June, his car – a silver Citroen C3 – was located in Athol Terrace in Dover, Kent.

Yesterday it was confirmed that police have received reliable information which places Qazimaj at the Port of Dover Ferry Terminal at around 6:30pm on Saturday 4 June.

It is strongly believed that he then boarded a passenger ferry unaccompanied to Calais in France soon after 7pm. Enquiries nationally and internationally continue to locate him.

Today, Wednesday 8 June, officers are asking for information to help them understand more about Qazimaj.

Officers now know he uses the alias Marco Costa. It is believed he came to the UK following the conflict in Yugoslavia.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: "We strongly believe that finding Ali Qazimaj will help us in locating Sylvia, who has now not been seen for nearly 10 days.

"We know that he was living in Tilbury in Essex and that he has been working in Purfleet as a forklift driver. We believe he is from Kosovo, that he sought asylum following the conflict and was granted this and given a British passport. We also know he has used the name Marco Costa.

"Our enquiries continue to learn more about his roots and his links within the UK and overseas. We urgently need anyone who knows him, who may have spent time with him over the last few weeks or before this to get in touch and tell us more about his background so that we can trace his movements.

"We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him between Sunday 29 May and when he left the country on Saturday 4 June, or anyone who can shed light on where he may have been between these times."

Mr Qazimaj is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, with brown eyes and dark brown greying hair.

CCTV enquiries have now placed Sylvia and Peter Stuart at Goodies Farm Shop on Wood Lane in Pulham Market at 10:18 on Sunday 29th May and footage has been released.  Officers are also appealing for anyone who may have seen them or who has information regarding their whereabouts from this time until Friday 3rd June to get in touch.

Police are urging that you should not approach Qazimaj but if you see him please call 999 immediately. Anyone with information can contact Suffolk Police through the incident room on 01473 782000.

A man arrested in connection with the murder of Peter Stuart has been released on police bail.

The 61-year-old man from Leicester was arrested by officers at around 8.30am on Sunday 5 June and was bailed on Monday 6 June. He is due to return to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre on Wednesday 3 August.

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