PICTURED: Man suspected of killing his wife in their home before taking his life on a nearby beach in tragic murder suicide – as it is revealed couple was suffering from debilitating illnesses
- Martin Webb, 76, was found dead on Stockton Beach on Friday morning
- The body of his wife Elizabeth Webb, 75, was found by in her house in Stockton
- NSW Police said they are reviewing the medical history of the couple
- One of the pair sent an email to their children hours before they were found
The elderly father whose body was found washed up on the beach following a suspected murder suicide has been identified.
The body of Martin Webb, 76, was found on Stockton Beach, north of Newcastle early Friday morning.
Police were led to the body after discovering a note lying next to the body of his wife Elizabeth, 75, in her beachfront home in Stockton.
The body of Martin Webb, 76, (pictured left) was found on Stockton Beach, north of Newcastle early Friday morning
NSW Police said the couple were suffering from ‘medical issues’.
‘At the moment we’re not aware of any diagnosed illness but we do believe they were suffering from illnesses related to ageing,’ NSW Police acting superintendent Gerard Lawson told a press conference on Friday.
‘There were some obvious injuries but I don’t want to go into it. For the sake of the family I don’t want to speculate.’
The body of Elizabeth Webb, 75, was found by police in her house in Stockton, Newcastle just before 6am
A note was found near the body leading police to Stockton Beach were they found the body of her husband Martin Webb, 76, also on Friday
‘We’re not looking for any weapons at this stage and nor are we looking for a third party, he continued.
The couple’s dog had been at property at the time and was reluctant to leave.
‘That’s one of the most emotional parts about it, the dog didn’t want to leave the house this morning but she has gone to family,’ supt Lawson said.
‘This came without any forewarning to the family.
‘It is a tragedy, it is so sad, even police have been affected by this story.’
Mr Webb had previously received a ‘Pride of Portside’ award for cleaning up rubbish in the area.
When he was given the award he said he wanted to clean up the broken glass and other rubbish for the mother’s and kids in the area.
Neighbours told the Portside News they would see him regularly walking his dog at the park while tidying up the area.
A major police operation is now underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the duo’s deaths, in what is suspected to be a murder-suicide, Newcastle Herald reported.
The couple’s medical history will be reviewed during police investigations.
Crime scenes have now been established at both locations, but police said initial inquiries suggest no third party was involved.
Newcastle City detectives are investigating the matter.
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‘It’s a little too early to speculate what has occurred but it has been a tragic incident today. The family are certainly suffering a horrific loss of parents,’ NSW Police acting superintendent Gerard Lawson told a press conference