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Investigation for 'secret lovers' far from over as police ramp up search for remains

Police are scaling up their search through rugged bushland in Victoria's high country for the remains of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay after having charged a suspect with their murders.

A large search effort continued over the weekend after police set up a crime scene in an undisclosed area in the state's Great Alpine region on Thursday.

Victoria Police said 'more resources from different units' have joined the search, as detectives and forensic specialists try to locate the remains of the campers.

Police are known to have borrowed earth moving equipment from locals from the town of Dargo 15 kilometres away, the Herald Sun reported.      

A search for the bodies 'secret lovers' Carol Clay (left), 73, and Russell Hill (right), 74, is underway after police reveal they were pointed to a specific location following the couples' disappearance in March of 2020 

Mr Hill and Ms Clay - who had long been in an extra-marital relationship - were last heard from in March 2020 when Mr Hill, an experienced outdoorsman, made a call via high-frequency radio saying he was at Wonnangatta Valley.

Campers found Mr Hill's car destroyed by fire at their campsite near Dry River Creek Track on March 21.

Their bodies have never been found but police believe they were killed that same night after an altercation at the now-destroyed campsite.

Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn, 55, appeared in court last Friday after being charged with the alleged murder of lovers Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay, 73, 20 months after they vanished while camping in the Wonnangatta Valley. 

Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn (pictured), 55, appeared in court last Friday following his charge for the murder of the two missing campers after being held under investigation for more than three days

Mr Lynn was held in custody for more than three days before being charged after his arrest was brought forward due to police concerns over his mental state.     

Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill warned the police investigation 'is far from over' while announcing Lynn's charges last Friday.

'We are hopeful that we will locate the remains of Mr Hill and Ms Clay ... and provide closure to their families,' he told reporters.      

Police are now searching the Great Alpine Region (pictured) in some of the most rugged terrain on the planet for the bodies of the campers with 'more resources from different units' joining the search

Victorian Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill revealed last week police had been provided 'specific' information as to where to find the burial site within the Great Alpine region.

Police have been investigating the disappearance of the campers for more than 20 months

Police released images of the bushland area where the search continues for the elderly couple's bodies in what is some of the most rugged terrain on the planet.   

Meanwhile, Mr Hill's drone which was thought to be a key to solving the case remains missing.

Police were told Mr Hill was flying the drone above the isolated campsite in the hours before he and Ms Clay were allegedly murdered.

Police consider the video footage he captured on the drone significant as it could aid in discovering the lover's fate.   

Mr Lynn appeared in court last Friday (pictured) where it was decided he would remain in custody until his next court date after his lawyer made no application for bail

A brief of evidence against Lynn will not be ready until at least April 19. 

Mr Lynn will remain in custody until then with no application for bail made by his lawyer Chris Mclennan. 

Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the Wonnangatta area around that time, including 'campers, 4x4 day trippers, hunters, fishermen or trail bike riders', regardless of whether they saw or heard anything.     

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 00


  • 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