Body Found Near Diss Treated As Murder

4 June 2016, 10:17 | Updated: 4 June 2016, 10:18

Peter and Sylvia Stuart

Suffolk Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a man - believed to be that of missing Peter Stuart - was found in Weybread, near Diss.

75 year-old Peter and his 69 year-old wife Sylvia were reported missing yesterday morning (Friday, 3 June) and neither has been seen for a week.

Officers began searching their home on Mill Lane in Weybread before expanding the search to areas around the property.

A man's body was then found at around 7.15pm.

Although formal identification is still be to carried out, it is thought to be that of Mr Stuart.

Searches are continuing for Mrs Stuart.

Family liaison officers have been appointed to support Mr and Mrs Stuart's family.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: "We are treating this as a murder enquiry and as a missing person investigation as we continue to search for Sylvia.

"We are currently carrying out a number of enquiries to find out exactly what has happened and would continue to ask anyone with information to come forward.

"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in this area of Weybread between Saturday 28 May and today and would ask anyone who can help to call us."

Officers will be in the area throughout the course of the day to carry out searches and to speak to any member of the public who would like to pass on information or who would just like to talk to police.

Detectives are asking anyone who may be able to assist to call Suffolk Police on either 01473 782000 or 101, quoting CAD number 49 of today, Friday 3 June.