Police narrow in on Wonnangatta campers’ remains

Gregory Lynn has been charged with the murders of missing Wonnangatta campers, Russell Hill and Carol Clay.

A Caroline Springs man has been charged with the murders of missing Wonnangatta campers, Russell Hill and Carol Clay, as police narrow in on finding their bodies.
After three days of questioning at Sale police station, 55-year-old Gregory Lynn appeared via video link in Sale Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning.
The former Jetstar pilot did not apply for bail, and was remanded in custody until May 31 for a committal hearing, charged with double homicide.
Today, forensics specialists began searching for human remains in bushland north of Dargo, borrowing local earthmoving equipment. Missing Persons Squad detectives are being assisted by specialist resources, including Search and Rescue and Major Crime Scene Unit. The area is known to have numerous unmarked mine shafts.
Victoria Police Crime Command Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill said he was hopeful police would be able to find the deceased, and provide closure to the Hill and Clay families.
“We are hoping this arrest brings us a step closer to providing the answers the families have been desperately seeking and richly deserve,” he said.
Assistant Commissioner Hill told media last Thursday evening no other person was being sought in relation to this investigation.
Police described the investigation as “one of the most significant investigations” undertaken in recent years, but say it is far from over.
Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad and Special Operations Group arrested Lynn about 5.30pm on Monday at a campsite near Moroka Rd, Arbuckle Junction (near Licola).
The man’s Nissan Patrol was also seized — which has been recently painted beige — and his Caroline Springs home searched.
Earlier this month, police released an image of a blue Nissan patrol and a trailer they believed would help them find Mr Hill and Ms Clay.
The vehicle allegedly attempted to leave the valley late at night on the evening of Friday, March 20, 2020 — the last day the campers were heard from — but the Myrtleford gate was closed because of bushfires, so the driver had to make a complicated turn back.
Mr Hill left his Drouin home on Thursday, March 19, last year, and collected Ms Clay, planning to visit various campsites along the Dargo River.
Police believe the pair travelled through Heyfield and Licola, then into the valley in Mr Hill’s vehicle — a white Toyota Landcruiser.
Mr Hill was last heard from on Friday, March 20, via HF radio stating he was at Wonnangatta Station.
Campers found the pair’s campsite destroyed by fire, and Mr Hill’s vehicle with signs of minor fire damage, near Dry River Creek Track in the Wonnangatta Valley on Saturday, March 21.
The examination of the fire scene by arson chemists was inconclusive.
During mid-2020, investigators established Mr Hill and Ms Clay were deceased, and have been searching for human remains since.