SEVERAL strong tip-offs given to police over the last month have led them to search Lake Awoonga, near Gladstone.

Detective Senior Sergeant Moon said they have recently been able to verify pieces of information which kicked off their search today.

Police spent the morning marking search areas in Lake Awoonga before divers entered the water.

Police believe the search of the lake will continue until Friday. 

Police divers search Lake Awoonga near Gladstone as part of an investigation into the murder of Rockhampton pair Robert Martinez and Chantal Barnett.
Police divers search Lake Awoonga near Gladstone as part of an investigation into the murder of Rockhampton pair Robert Martinez and Chantal Barnett.

Due to the Live streaming breaking twice, The Bulletin has also uploaded a voice recording of the press conference for readers to hear the missing parts.

POLICE divers are today searching a new location near Gladstone in relation to the disappearance of missing Rockhampton pair Robert Martinez and Chantal Barnett.

Lake Awoonga will be the focus of the search for members of the Police Dive Unit, which is expected to continue in the coming days.

CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon said the search is being conducted as a result of new information.

Press conference soon with Snr Sgt Scott Moon. Watch here

"We are very confident that people residing in Rockhampton know what happened to Robert and Chantal and we will continue to appeal for any member of the public to speak with Police," he said.

"Regardless of how trivial you think the information might be, please come forward and speak with police so the relevance of the information can be assessed by detectives."

Robert Martinez, 26 and Chantal Barnett, 27 were last seen around Rockhampton and Yeppoon in late February or early March last year. 

Concerns were raised after the pair failed to make contact with family or friends.

Rockhampton CIB and members of the Homicide Investigation Group continue to investigate the couple's disappearance and while they are pleased with information received from the public, they are still encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.


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