NSW police have named a cyclist suspected of killing a man and his two young daughters in the Stone Mountain area of Newcastle.
Key points:The man’s children were found dead on the propertyA 26-year-old man was arrested in relation to the deathsPolice say he was in custody for the incidentPolice are still investigating the cause of death of the womanThe woman’s children are in police custody in NewcastleA 26 year-old Australian man has been arrested in connection to the two deaths in Newcastle’s Stone Mountain.
Police have charged the man with two counts of murder, and two counts each of child cruelty and neglect.
He was taken to Newcastle police station on Monday, charged with murder and one count each of neglect, causing death by careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
He remains in custody, and police have said they would be making no further comment.
Police said they received a report of the deaths of the couple, who were found on Saturday in a ditch in the village of Pembroke in the Hunter Valley.
They were taken to a Newcastle hospital, where they later died.
Police are yet to identify a suspect.
Police had said the man had left the scene but was believed to have taken his two children with him.
“I’m really sad to hear about the tragic deaths of my two young children,” a devastated father of one, Wayne Jones, told the Newcastle Herald.
“We’ve lost two of our children, and they’re just the kindest, most loving kids.”
They’ve been with us for four years, and for that, I don’t think I can really express in words how sorry I am.
“Police said the woman was believed known to be an Australian cyclist.
Police released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying they had not identified a suspect in relation, and that no further information was available.
Police did not release the names of the family, saying they were a “family that lives in the community”.”
There is a lot of information out there, and we’re looking into it,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.
A number of witnesses have come forward to say they saw the man at a pub in Newcastle, but there were no further details provided.
The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 30, with a medium build and short dark hair, wearing a black jumper and dark clothing.