Sydney river to be searched for clues in 2009 murder of Gold Coast father

THE investigation into the shooting murder of a Gold Coast father more than a decade ago will move to Sydney today.

Detectives from the Gold Coast District Criminal Investigation Branch and Crime and Intelligence Command’s Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team, with assistance from NSW Police Force, are today conducting a search of the Parramatta River.

They’re hoping to find the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting murder of Omega Ruston on Australia Day in 2009.


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Mr Ruston died after he was shot on the side of the Gold Coast Highway at Burleigh Heads by a passenger in another vehicle, believed to be a small maroon four-door sedan.

It’s believed the two cars were part of a road rage incident just minutes before Mr Ruston was fatally shot in the abdomen.

Now, Queensland Police have travelled to New South Wales following ‘information received during the renewed investigation’.

The breakthrough comes just days after Queensland Police and Mr Ruston’s family made a desperate appeal for anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

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His brother, Nick Ruston, held back tears as he called on the “coward” responsible to own up to his actions.

“If you’re remaining silent due to some sense of allegiance or loyalty please know that the man you’re protecting is a coward,” he said.

“To the man that shot Omega: The opportunity to right your wrongs does not come around often.

“Your actions have taken the life of an innocent man who wanted nothing more than to return home to his family after a day of celebrations.”

Police said the incident may be linked to chapters of organised crime syndicates and outlaw motorcycle gangs based in Sydney and the Gold Coast and new witnessed in both cities have been assisting with the investigation.

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