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Australia Search called off for missing campers in Victoria

07:57  07 april  2020
07:57  07 april  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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The search for two campers who went missing in Victoria 's high country more than two weeks ago has been called off . Russell Hill, 74, left his Drouin home in the state's east on March 19 to go on a camping trip across several sites along the Dargo River in Victoria 's north-east.

The two young campers who went missing after setting off on a trip in Victoria 's west Gippsland area one week ago have been found dead, police confirmed. The search continued on Thursday and Friday, with off -road motorbike riders tackling hard-to-reach terrain in hopes of finding the pair or Mr

a man smiling for the camera: The search for Russell Hill and Carol Clay has been called off. © Nine The search for Russell Hill and Carol Clay has been called off. Police have ended the search for a missing pair in their 70s, lost in Victoria's high country for 18 days.

Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, left for a camping trip on March 19, with their last radio transmission on March 20.

"Mr Hill is an experienced camper and knows the area really well," Inspector Craig Gaffee said.

"However, when he does go camping and he does quite often, he maintains daily contact, which hasn't occurred on this occasion."

Police located the pair's burnt-out campsite and scorched vehicle, but no signs of the missing couple.

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Police call off the search for two elderly friends whose campsite was found burned out in the Victorian wilderness more than three weeks ago.

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Insp Gaffee said there "was a minor fire in relation to some of their equipment but their car is driveable and serviceable".

"Arson chemists investigated that scene and we are waiting to hear the findings to determine the cause," he said.

"The set up of the car and the tent, the campsite in general, it appeared they were coming back and we believed the missing people had an intention of returning to the campsite."

Police have been working on the case for the past two weeks and have decided to completely call off the search for the pair after receiving expert advice "from an independent doctor that specialises in the field".

a grill on a dirt track: The couple's burnt-out campsite has been found. © 9News The couple's burnt-out campsite has been found.

"There are a number of reasons we have called off the search, including the timeframe the people have been missing and access to the search area in the Wonnangatta Valley being impacted by the weather over the weekend," Insp Gaffee said.

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The search for a couple who went missing while on a camping trip in regional Victoria has come to tragic end after they were found dead in their car this morning. Police were searching for the two missing campers who set off on a trip to the Thomson Dam last Friday 6 September.

"There was light snow at Mount Howard which also impacts access tracks to the Wonnangatta Valley and has an impact on the survivability of the pair."

Police say they have been keeping in touch with the family during the search efforts and they have been notified it has been called off.

"I feel for the family, it is an incredibly distressful and sad time for them."

"I'm really surprised we haven't found them. Throughout the search we were confident we would locate them in the Wonnangatta Valley as all the evidence we have got points to them being there," Insp Gaffee said.

Police have reassured the public that they won't stop investigating the case.

"Whilst the active search in Wonnangatta Valley has finished, it doesn't mean we will stop continuing to investigate. It is an active missing persons case," Insp Gaffee said. 

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

"There is a bit of a gap between the 20th March and 26th March, so we are asking anyone who was in the Wonnangatta valley or in that area between those dates, to contact us," Insp Gaffee said.

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