The missing wife of a murdered pensioner could be alive and with the man wanted on suspicion of stabbing her husband to death, police have revealed. Sylvia Stuart, 69, disappeared shortly before the body of her 75-year-old husband Peter was found with multiple stab wounds on Friday night.

A manhunt is now underway to find 42-year-old Ali Qazimaj, who is wanted in connection with the murder. But there are fears he may have fled to France, possibly with Mrs Stuart, after police discovered his car in Athol Terrace, Dover in Kent.

Meanwhile, it has emerged a 61-year-old man from Leicester arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday, is the couple’s son-in-law, Steve Paxman. He is still in police custody.

The missing wife of a murdered pensioner could be alive and with the man wanted on suspicion of stabbing her husband to death, police have revealed.

Sylvia Stuart, 69, disappeared shortly before the body of her 75-year-old husband Peter was found with multiple stab wounds on Friday night.

A manhunt is now underway to find 42-year-old Ali Qazimaj, who is wanted in connection with the murder. But there are fears he may have fled to France, possibly with Mrs Stuart, after police discovered his car in Athol Terrace, Dover in Kent.

Meanwhile, it has emerged a 61-year-old man from Leicester arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday, is the couple’s son-in-law, Steve Paxman. He is still in police custody.

Mr and Mrs Stuart, who were keen line dancers, went missing following a family gathering on May 28 at their home in Weybread, Suffolk.

Last night a retired builder who sold his cottage to Mr Stuart several years ago described him as ‘an arrogant b*****’. At one point during their exchanges Alan Hall, 82, said he thought Mr Stuart was going to ‘thump’ his wife.

Mr Hall said: ‘What really put me off was the last time he came round before I sold the property. His wife Sylvia was little and feeble and just said something which offended him.

‘He went absolutely berserk and I thought he was going to thump her. He was shouting, “it’s nothing to do with you” and was effing and blinding at her. I had to jump in between them so nothing happened. It was unbelievable. He lost his temper as quick as a flash.’

Mr Hall went on to say: ‘As they left, I told her I hoped everything would work out. I told her, “I feel really sorry for you having to live with that b****** for the rest of your life.” She just shrugged.

‘She was definitely under his thumb. The last time I saw him he was swearing at her and I thought he was going to thump her. He would have knocked her to the ground.’

A Suffolk Police statement said today that Qazimaj, who had been living in the Thurrock area of Essex, was ‘identified as a suspect’ on Sunday afternoon.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: ‘Our priority remains locating Sylvia and we are continuing to conduct searches in Weybread as well as making further enquiries.

‘While our hopes for Sylvia’s safety are reducing with the passage of time, there remains the possibility that she is still alive.

‘We are also actively working to find Ali Qazimaj and determine his movements since Saturday 28 May, and would ask that anyone with information contacts our incident room as soon as possible.

‘The 61-year-old man arrested yesterday is still in custody as we work to find out what happened to Peter and Sylvia.’

Mr Parkes admitted that Qazimaj had ‘a connection’ with the family of Mr and Mrs Stuart, but he refused to divulge what it was.