An Augusta native has been identified as a “person of interest” in the deaths of a former Maine couple in California.

Robby Beasley, 29, was arrested in Clearlake, Calif. on a fugitive warrant from Maine on March 6. He is currently being held without bail at the Lake County Jail.

The bodies of the couple, Frank and Yvette Maddox, were discovered at the bottom of an embankment in Lake County, Calif. They are reportedly from Kennebec County, but had been living in Clearlake for several months, according to a release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Yvette Maddox had been reported missing by relatives from Maine on Jan. 28; Frank Maddox had also been reported missing to California authorities on Feb. 11.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office said the Maddoxes had been hired by Beasley to assist him with a marijuana growing operation in Lake County. After his arrest, a search of Beasley’s residences in California yielded 96 marijuana plants and $5,000 in cash.

Police in California are also searching for Frank Maddox’s 1982 Toyota pickup, which is thought to be connected the couple’s deaths.

Autopsies for the couple are scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Napa County Coroner’s Office.

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