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Russell Hill, Carol Clay: Human remains found in search for Victorian missing campers #englishheadline #Russell #Hill #Carol #Clay #Human #remains #search #Victorian #missing #campers

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Human remains have been found in the search for the ‘secret lover’ missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay in Victoria’s Gippsland region. 

Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55, was arrested last Monday and charged over the couple’s deaths, some 20 months after they vanished from a rural campsite while on a secret rendezvous in March 2020.

The remains have not yet been formally identified.

Police say it will take ‘quite some time’ to determine if the remains are in fact those of Ms Clay, 73, and Mr Hill, 74.  

Forensic experts made the grisly find off the Providence Spur Track north of Dargo in the state’s east within dense bushland often frequented by deer hunters.  

They have been searching the area for four days. 

Russell Hill (pictured, right) and Carol Clay (left) are alleged by police to have been murdered during a camping trip in March 2020

Gregory Lynn, 55, (pictured) was charged with the murder of secret lovers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, as police begin the exhaustive search for their bodies

Gregory Lynn, 55, (pictured) was charged with the murder of secret lovers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, as police begin the exhaustive search for their bodies

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground

Forensic experts made the grisly find off the Providence Spur Track north of Dargo in the state's east within dense bushland often frequented by deer hunters

Forensic experts made the grisly find off the Providence Spur Track north of Dargo in the state’s east within dense bushland often frequented by deer hunters

Police released an image of the area they were searching for the couple’s remains last week. 

The photos show the type of thick terrain police needed to navigate while searching for the slain campers, who were allegedly murdered by Lynn on the day they arrived at the Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps.

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground. 

It’s understood the remains were found not far below the surface. 

Detectives are hopeful they’ll finally be able to provide some sense of closure to Mr Hill and Ms Clay’s grieving families. 

A breakthrough in the case came just last week when police arrested Lynn in the bush on November 22.

They seized the Caroline Springs man’s Nissan Patrol after tracking his movements and flying into remote bushland by helicopter. 

Detectives are hopeful they'll finally be able to provide some sense of closure to Mr Hill and Ms Clay's grieving families

Detectives are hopeful they’ll finally be able to provide some sense of closure to Mr Hill and Ms Clay’s grieving families

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground

Human remains have been found in the search for missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay

Human remains have been found in the search for missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay 

A trailer being towed by an off-road vehicle – also captured on CCTV the night the secret lovers vanished, remains missing. Police believe it was likely sold on Gumtree.

A subsequent search of his home did not uncover the trailer, which police hope could be the final piece of the puzzle.

Lynn was stood down from his job as a Jetstar pilot after his arrest on November 22. 

Daily Mail Australia previously revealed the 55-year-old had been grounded long before special operations group officers took him into custody.

Speaking amid community concern a suspected killer could have been within the cockpit of commercial flights, one source said Lynn had been safely on terra firma as police turned the heat on him to boiling point.

Instead, the experienced check pilot and accused double killer had been training up-and-coming pilots.

The charred remains of the couples' tent were found by fellow campers a day after they vanished

The charred remains of the couples’ tent were found by fellow campers a day after they vanished 

Human remains have been found in the search for the 'secret lover' missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay in Victoria's Gippsland region

Human remains have been found in the search for the ‘secret lover’ missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay in Victoria’s Gippsland region

Many Australians had been rightfully worried Lynn may have still been in the skies on November 5 when police released CCTV footage to the public allegedly of his Nissan Patrol leaving Mount Hotham on the day the campers were killed.

Forums discussing the case had imagined a scenario resembling the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 tragedy, in which an experienced pilot took 227 passengers of course and was never seen again.

Detectives were on the lookout for a dark blue Nissan Patrol, but it’s understood Lynn had painted his own car gold after the campers vanished. 

In his first court appearance, Lynn’s lawyer Chris McLennan did not make any application for bail on behalf of the alleged killer, who was remanded in custody by Magistrate Greg McNamara until his next court appearance on May 31. 

He faces life in prison should he be convicted of double murder. 

Greg Lynn is seen with his wife Melanie - who is a flight attendant with Jetstar - with the pair meeting through work

Greg Lynn is seen with his wife Melanie – who is a flight attendant with Jetstar – with the pair meeting through work

Human remains have been found by police in Victoria's high country in the search for missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill

Human remains have been found by police in Victoria’s high country in the search for missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill

For 20 months police have been investigating what happened to the two missing campers

For 20 months police have been investigating what happened to the two missing campers 

TIMELINE OF CAROL CLAY AND RUSSELL HILL’S DISAPPEARENCE 

* March 19, 2020: Russell Hill, 74, leaves his Drouin home and picks up Carol Clay, 73, from her Pakenham home

* March 20, 2020: Mr Hill makes a call via high frequency radio saying he was at Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps. It is the last time anyone hears from either of the pair

* March 21, 2020: Campers find Mr Hill’s fire-damaged Toyota Landcruiser at their campsite near Dry River Creek Track

* March 26, 2020: When Mr Hill planned to leave the region

* March 28 to 29, 2020: When Ms Clay told friends she expected to return

* March 30, 2020: Police make public appeal for information amid search

* April 6, 2020: Initial search called off

* March 5, 2021: Police appeal for information about ‘mystery vehicle’, described as a ‘white dual cab ute’ seen in the area

* March 9, 2021: Drone handed into police ruled out as Mr Hill’s

* April 4, 2021: Cadaver dogs join search at Wonnangatta Valley

* April 14, 2021: Two shovels found near the Great Alpine Rd at Mount Hotham, about 100km drive from where the campers went missing

* November 8, 2021: Image released of blue four-wheel drive seen in the area

* November 22, 2021: Police arrest 55-year-old man from Caroline Springs

* November 25, 2021: The 55-year-old man is charged with two counts of murder

* November 30, 2021: Police find human remains during search for missing campers



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