Dover:Abandoned Car Linked To Murder Hunt

9 June 2016, 12:28 | Updated: 9 June 2016, 12:31

Police investigating the disappearance of a woman and the murder of her husband have released photos of a car found abandoned in Dover, which was used by a man they want to question.

Peter Stuart's body was found near his home in Weymead in Suffolk on Friday. He had suffered multiple stab wounds. His wife Sylvia is still missing.

Kosovan immigrant Ali Qazimaj is wanted in connection with the murder and went on the run around 24 hours after Mr Stuart's body was discovered.

The 42-year-old, who goes by the name Marco Costa, caught a ferry from Dover to Calais at around 6:30pm on Saturday 4 June.

His car, a Citroen C3, was found in Athol Terrace in Dover on Sunday night. Police say they have reliable information which places Qazimaj at the Port of Dover Ferry Terminal at around 6.30pm on Saturday.

It is believed that he then boarded a passenger ferry, unaccompanied and as a foot passenger, to Calais in France soon after 7pm.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart of Mill Lane in Weybread were reported missing to police on Friday 3 June.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes has described the chance of finding Mrs Stuart alive now as "extremely remote''. He said: "Since she was last seen on the CCTV we are now some 10 days further forward, we've had no reported sightings and no information to indicate that she may be alive."

"We now think there is very little hope. Clearly Peter was killed, she would appear to have gone missing around the same sort of time, and we haven't seen or heard or had any information to indicate she has been alive throughout the last 10 days."

Police are working with European authorities and have launched legal proceedings to obtain a European Arrest Warrant for Mr Qazimaj.

He continued: "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's car, a silver Citroen C3, was found near the ferry terminal in Dover at around midnight on Sunday. The vehicle has been searched and will be forensically examined.

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

He is described as white, around 5ft 6in, with brown eyes and dark brown, greying hair.