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Australia Jetstar pilot accused of murdering campers finally goes to court

02:50  26 november  2021
02:50  26 november  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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.

The Jetstar pilot charged with murdering two elderly campers has appeared in court charged with their murder more than 20 months after they vanished.

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Gregory Lynn, 55, appeared before the Sale Magistrates' Court on Friday from the local police station in Victoria's east charged with the murders of Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73.

The court heard it was the father of three's first time in custody.

His wife Melanie Lynn, a flight attendant with Jetstar, tuned into the videolink.

Jetstar pilot held over campers' disappearance 'had it all'

  Jetstar pilot held over campers' disappearance 'had it all' The Jetstar pilot arrested over the mysterious disappearance of two elderly campers had been living the Australian dream when police arrested him in the pristine Victorian wilderness. Gregory Lynn, 55, was apprehended by heavily armed police in a dramatic operation on Monday, which saw special operations officers swoop in on two helicopters to make the arrest at a remote campsite in Victoria and seize his vehicle.Daily Mail Australia can reveal Lynn has no previous criminal record and had been grounded at the time the campers went missing due to the Covid-19 pandemic shutting down flights across the planet.

A masked Lynn, who appeared from behind bulletproof glass in a cell, only showed his face to take a sip of water from a cup of water and did not speak.

At times he dipped his head and looked at the white table before him as his immediate fate was discussed.

Few details were provided during the short filing hearing, which is the first step in what will likely be a long and arduous legal process that could take years to finalise.

Lynn's lawyer Chris McLennan did not make any application for bail on behalf of the alleged killer, who was remanded in custody by Magistrate Greg McNamara until his next court appearance on May 31.

The court heard Lynn had no 'issues' that might make his time behind bars more difficult.

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

Photos taken years apart could hold key to missing campers case

  Photos taken years apart could hold key to missing campers case Two Google Maps Images of Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn's Nissan Patrol 4WD could uncover what happened to two missing campers who vanished in remote wilderness.Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55, was arrested by heavily armed police in a dramatic operation on Monday in relation to the disappearance of secret lovers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, who went missing in the Wonnangatta Valley in March 2020.

Lynn faces life in prison should he be convicted of the double murder.

Lynn will now likely be transported back to a Melbourne jail where he will be placed into a protected unit while awaiting his next court date.

Meanwhile police are preparing for the dangerous task of entering the rugged Victorian wilderness yet again in the hope of finally locating the missing bodies of Mr Hill and Mrs Clay.

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

But even with detailed information on a burial site, police have said it will take days to prepare for the dig in what is some of the most rugged terrain on the planet.

Last night, Assistant Commissioner Hill stole the spotlight from Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper, who has tirelessly led the investigation for near on two years.

Hunt for mysterious silver trailer last seen where campers vanished

  Hunt for mysterious silver trailer last seen where campers vanished Detectives investigating the mysterious disappearance of two Victorian campers are asking the public's help to locate a silver 4WD trailer spotted near the campsite but sold shortly after.Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55, has been held in custody since Monday and is being questioned about the campers, who vanished 20 months ago in Victoria's high country.

'This morning detectives identified a crime scene within the Great Alpine area and forensic specialists will commence searching at that location over the coming days,' Assistant Commissioner Hill told reporters.

'We have located a specific area and we will establish a search parameter.

'Police are hopeful we will be able to locate the deceased in order to find closure for the families.'

While the search is taking place in remote bushland, forensic specialists will also be scouring Lynn's two-storey home in Melbourne's west.

Ground-penetrating radar which can uncover anomalies deep within the earth or even concrete structures will be brought to assist the evidence gathering operation.

Lynn had been arrested on Monday night at a remote campsite in Arbuckle Junction, 1.5 hours south of Wonnangatta in the state’s east.

Police, desperate for knowledge on where the bodies of the campers might have been disposed, grilled Lynn for a whopping four days before finally charging him with their murders.

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It is understood detectives only received the information on the likely location on Thursday morning, with police making a preliminary scout of the rugged terrain.

Lynn's court appearance comes just three weeks after detectives laid a cunning trap for him with a detailed expose of their investigation progress on Channel 9's 60 Minutes.

There, Inspector Stamper revealed police had been on the hunt for the driver of a blue late 90s Nissan Patrol, which had been captured on CCTV at the top of Mount Hotham when the campers vanished on March 20 last year.

Police seized a Nissan Patrol belonging to Lynn on Monday when Special Operations Group officers dramatically arrested the Caroline Springs man after tracking his movements and flying into remote bushland by helicopter.

A trailer being towed by an off-road vehicle - also captured on CCTV the night the secret lovers vanished, remains missing- and is believed to have been sold on Gumtree.

A subsequent search of his property did not uncover the trailer, which police believe could be the final piece of the puzzle.

In the hunt for human remains, specialist teams will also deploy ground-penetrating radar at Lynn's two storey home in Melbourne's West - the same technology being used in the search for missing NSW child William Tyrrell.

Greg Lynn to appear in court charged with murder of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay

  Greg Lynn to appear in court charged with murder of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay A 55-year-old Melbourne pilot will appear in the Sale Magistrates Court this morning charged with the murder of Russell Hill and Carol Clay, who went missing in March 2020.Caroline Springs man Greg Lynn, 55, was arrested on Monday afternoon by special operations officers at a campsite near Moroka Road at Arbuckle Junction, 55 kilometres from where campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay, both in their 70s, were last seen in the remote Wonnangatta Valley.

Assistant Commissioner Hill said investigators are keen to speak to anyone who may have purchased a rusty silver or blue 7x5 ft trailer with off-road wheels between March 20 to July 2020.

'We believe the trailer was sold on Gumtree,' he said.

Just this week it was revealed Lynn had resprayed his 4WD at least twice over the past seven years.

Google images show Lynn's then white Nissan Patrol parked outside his Caroline Springs home in 2016.

By 2019 - the next available image - it can be seen parked in the driveway, but this time it's blue.

Fast forward to June this year and the vehicle is again pictured in the driveway in the same beige colour it was upon Lynn's arrest.

Assistant Commissioner Hill said he was 'proud' of police efforts during the 20-month long police probe, but added the 'long haul' investigation is 'far from over' as the focus now turns to uncovering the couple's remains.

'My heartfelt thoughts are with the Hill and Clay families. The past 20 months has been a difficult time for them and I know their grief remains as raw as ever,' Assistant Commissioner Hill said.

TIMELINE OF CAROL CLAY AND RUSSELL HILL'S DISAPPEARENCE

* 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

Why cops kept the 'crime scene location' of missing campers a secret

  Why cops kept the 'crime scene location' of missing campers a secret Police have a valid reason why they're keeping the location of a new crime scene location under wraps, following a breakthrough in the disappearance of Richard Hill and Carol Clay.Greg Lynn, 55, appeared in court on Friday after being charged with the alleged murder of lovers Richard Hill and Carol Clay following a 20-month investigation.

* 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

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