The body is believed to be that of missing 75-year-old Peter Stuart, whose wife Sylvia is also missing.Mr Stuart has not been seen since May 28. The body was found shortly after 7pm on Friday in a wooded area of Weybread, Suffolk, close to the couple’s home.

Suffolk Police’s detective chief superintendent Simon Parkes said: “We are treating this as a murder inquiry and as a missing person investigation as we continue to search for Sylvia.

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

The couple were reported missing 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, and are continuing to comb the area in an effort find Mrs Stuart, 69.

Family liaison officers have been appointed to support the couple’s family.

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