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Families of murdered Lake Mac duo still seeking answers after 16 years


The families of two people allegedly killed in a double murder at Lake Macquarie in 2008 are still searching for answers.

The bodies of 50-year-old Robert Pashkuss and Stacey McMaugh, 41, were found inside a home at Macquarie Grove, Caves Beach, about 11.55am on Sunday 6 January.

Both suffered head injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.

Now, ahead of the 16th anniversary of their deaths, detectives have renewed their appeal for public assistance.

A reward of $250000, announced by the NSW Government in 2016, remains available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible for the murders of the pair.

“Robert and Stacey’s deaths were deemed suspicious at the time,” Lake Macquarie Police District Commander Superintendent Tracy Chapman said.

“The State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, assisted by Lake Macquarie officers, established Strike Force Chuter to investigate the incident.

“Detectives followed several lines of inquiry.

“However, no arrests or charges have been made.”

The renewed appeal follows new information, which suggests the incident has links to organised crime, including Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) in NSW and Queensland.

“Investigators have also established that Robert was seen out the front of the Caves Beach property on the afternoon of Saturday 5 January 2008 with a man, who was wearing a black leather vest,” Superintendent Chapman said.

“Police have been told he (Robert) appeared to be agitated.

“We suspect the murders took place that evening, making Friday 5 January 2024 the 16th anniversary of the incident.”

Detectives are reminding any person with information about the case that it’s never too late to contact police.

In fact, their details could be the missing piece of the puzzle.

“No piece of information is too small. No piece of information is insignificant,” Superintendent Chapman said.

If you know of anything, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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