Police link deaths of Maine pair to pot operation

The Associated Press
Posted March 09, 2010, at 11:08 a.m.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — Authorities are looking into whether a Northern California marijuana grower is linked to the deaths of a Maine couple whose bodies were found down an embankment.

Robby Alan Beasley, 29, is a “person of interest” in the deaths of his two employees, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Capt. James Bauman.

Frank Maddox, 32, and his wife, Yvette Maddox, 40, disappeared in January after agreeing to give Beasley a ride to the Sacramento airport.

The couple recently had moved to Lake County from the Augusta, Maine, area to help Beasley with his growing operation. Beasley also is from the Augusta area, Bauman said.

Detectives found 96 marijuana plants growing at a home in Lower Lake where Beasley lived part time, Bauman said.

Two motorists spotted the bodies at the bottom of a 20-foot embankment when they stopped on the side of the road last week. Authorities said the bodies appeared to have been there for several weeks.

Autopsies were scheduled for Wednesday.

Beasley was arrested Saturday on a no-bail fugitive warrant from Maine for a probation violation related to criminal threats and assault charges.

Authorities are still looking for the couple’s 1982 Toyota pickup truck.

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