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Australia Man arrested over disappearance of missing Victorian campers

03:41  23 november  2021
03:41  23 november  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

Man arrested over missing Vic campers

  Man arrested over missing Vic campers A man is set to be interviewed by police after being arrested over the suspicious disappearance of missing Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay. The 55-year-old man from Caroline Springs was arrested about 5.30pm on Monday, Victoria Police said. He will be interviewed by detectives on Tuesday morning. No charges have been laid.Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay, 73, were last heard from on March 20, 2020, while camping in the Wonnangatta Valley.Mr Hill left his Drouin home on March 19 and picked up Ms Clay from her home in Pakenham in his white Toyota LandCruiser.

A man has been arrested over the disappearance of Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill, who vanished in March last year.

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The 55-year-old man from Caroline Springs was arrested in the High Plains area, part of the Victorian Alps, yesterday.

He is being interviewed by police and no charges have been laid.

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a man and a woman looking at the camera: Missing Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill. © 9News Missing Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill.

"Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad have arrested a man as part of the investigation into missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay," police said in a statement.

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"The 55-year-old Caroline Springs man was arrested about 5.30pm yesterday and will be interviewed by police this morning.

"The investigation into the matter remains ongoing."

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Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay, 73, vanished while camping in the Wonnagatta Valley on March 20 last year and have not been seen or heard from since.

Police have conducted extensive searches through the Victorian Alps over the past 20 months to find out what happened to the missing pair.

Despite numerous searches, the pair have never been found.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper earlier this month said a person may have been camping nearby, with Mr Hill not camping in the best spot on-site.

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  Hunt for trailer linked to Vic campers A silver trailer may have been sold last year by a man arrested over the disappearance of Russell Hill and Carol Clay in Victoria's high country.A 55-year-old Caroline Springs man, who has been held in custody since Monday, is being questioned about the campers, who vanished 20 months ago in the state's high country.

Mr Hill was an experienced camper who had a connection to the Gippsland region from his work there as a logger many years ago.

Police had released images and a sketch of a dark blue Nissan Patrol they had been searching for, but it is unknown if the car is linked to the arrest.

The high-profile missing campers case has captured the nation, with detectives earlier describing the complex investigation as piecing together a puzzle filled with ambiguity.

Mr Hill left his Drouin home on March 19 and picked up Ms Clay from her Pakenham home in his white Toyota Landcruiser.

Ms Clay told her friends she was heading away and was expecting to return home on March 28 or 29.

The pair then travelled via Licola, spending a night camping at Howitt High Plains, before heading into the Wonnangatta Valley on March 20.

a man that is standing in the grass: Russell Hill and Carol Clay went missing in Victoria's High Country. © 9News Russell Hill and Carol Clay went missing in Victoria's High Country. a man standing next to a tree: Police searched Mount Hotham for evidence of missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill. © Nine Police searched Mount Hotham for evidence of missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill.

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  Police chief 'confident' missing campers case will be solved 'soon' Greg Lynn is being questioned by police for a third day following his arrest over the disappearance of campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.Greg Lynn, 55 is being questioned by police at Sale police station in East Gippsland for a third day following his arrest on Monday.

Mr Hill was last heard from on March 20 via HF radio stating he was at Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps.

The pair were camping together at Wonnangatta River near the Wonnangatta camping ground.

Mr Hill purchased a DJI Mavic drone before the trip, which is yet to be recovered.

Missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay's campsite was found burnt out. © Nine Missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay's campsite was found burnt out. The damaged campsite raised suspicions of foul play. © Nine The damaged campsite raised suspicions of foul play.

The pair's campsite was found destroyed by fire near Dry River Creek Track on March 21.

Mr Hill's Landcruiser had also sustained minor fire damage, prompting fears of foul play.

His daughters, Colleen and Debbie, in an emotional interview last month, said the thought of not knowing what happened to their father was like an endless loop of pain.

"It's really hard, it's not getting any better," Debbie said.

"It's just unknown. You can't grieve for someone that you don't know if they are really missing or dead, you are just stuck in the middle.

"You can't really have a funeral - you don't want to because then it's saying they've definitely died."

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Debbie said she believed her father was dead, as she could not fathom him not contacting the family if he was still alive.

"If he was alive he would not not contact us," she said.

"I really don't think he could be alive. He wouldn't hide."

Ms Clay's sister Jill said hearing about her sister's disappearance came as a "terrible shock".

She immediately knew something was "horribly wrong" as there had been no contact from her sister, and all their possessions at the campsite had been left abandoned.

"You just have this great sinking feeling," she said.

The exact circumstances of the arrest are yet to be revealed.

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