The 55-year-old man held in custody earlier this week in connection to the disappearance of Russell Hill and Carol Clay has now been charged with their murders. The man is set to appear at the Sale magistrate’s court.
The disappearance of Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay may now be a step closer to resolution. Mr Hill and Ms Clay went missing during a camping trip in Wonnangatta Valley in March 2020. 20 months later, a pilot from Caroline Springs has been arrested and charged with their murders.
Victorian police assistant commissioner Bob Hill disclosed that an alleged crime scene had been identified in Victoria’s great alpine region this week.
“We’ve located a specific area and we will be establishing a search perimeter in the coming days, and we are hopeful we will locate the remains of Mr Hill and Ms Clay,” he said.
The accused is a 55-year-old man, Greg Lynn, from the suburb of Caroline Springs in Melbourne. Until the time of his arrest, he was a pilot with Jetstar. Jetstar has confirmed he was suspended from his position following his arrest.
His four-wheel-drive has been seized by police, although they are still searching for his trailer. It is believed the trailer was sold mid-2020, according to Victoria police chief commissioner Shane Patton.
Prior to Mr Lynn’s arrest, police had appealed to the public for information regarding a blue four-wheel-drive (a 1990s Nissan Patrol) and its silver trailer.
“While this arrest is testament to months of dedication and tireless work by the missing persons squad detectives, this investigation is far from over,” The police assistant commissioner said.
“Forensic specialists will commence searching at that location in the coming days. I hope that we will be able to locate the deceased and provide closure to the families.”
Mr Hill said the past 20 months of investigation had been “an incredibly difficult time” for the families of Mr Hill and Ms Clay.
Investigations are still ongoing, with Victoria Police hoping to recover the remains of Mr Hill and Ms Clay.