Body found in hunt for missing Suffolk pensioners

June 4, 2016 7:50 AM

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Body found in hunt for missing Suffolk pensioners

A body has been found by police investigating the disappearance of an elderly couple.

Peter Stuart, 75, and his wife Sylvia, 69, from Weybread, Suffolk, have not been seen since Saturday May 28 and the death is being being treated as suspicious, police said.

The couple were reported missing by a relative at 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. The search was extended to the surrounding area in the afternoon and the body was later found in nearby woodland.

The area has been cordoned off for forensic examination and officers will be continuing the search, a Suffolk Constabulary spokeswoman said.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: "While the body is still to be formally identified, we have spoken to Mr and Mrs Stuart's next of kin.

"We will be working to gather evidence at the scene and through further inquiries.

"We would ask anyone who may have been in the area over the past seven days to get in touch with us immediately, as you may have information that can help."

When officers originally appealed for help to find them, they said Mr and Mrs Stuart's disappearance without telling anyone was "out of character" and it was feared they had become the "victims of crime".

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


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