Remains found in Dargo bushland

Human remains have been found in bushland near Dargo, as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Russell Hill and Carol Clay. The remains are yet to be formally identified.

POLICE have located human remains in bushland near Dargo, as part of their ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Russell Hill and Carol Clay.

The remains are yet to be formally identified, and police expect this process will take some time.

As this matter is now before the courts, police will not be facilitating any interviews in relation to the investigation.

This week, forensics specialists began searching for human remains in bushland north of Dargo, borrowing local earthmoving equipment.

The area is known to have numerous unmarked mine shafts.

After three days of questioning at Sale police station, 55-year-old Gregory Lynn was charged with the murders of Russell Hill and Carol Clay last week, and appeared via video link in Sale Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The former Jetstar pilot did not apply for bail, and was remanded in custody until May 31.

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.