Family of a man accused of murdering missing campers, Greg Lynn breaks the silence

The family of a Jetstar pilot accused of murdering the missing Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill have broken their silence after his first court appearance.

Greg Lynn was charged with two counts of murder on Thursday, about 20 months after the couple disappeared in the Wonnangatta Valley in March last year.

The 55-year-old was arrested on Monday and questioned for three days before appearing in court on Friday.

“We accept that the media has an interest in cases, but we request that our privacy be preserved,” the family said in a statement through their lawyers.

“It has been disturbing for our family and the families of the deceased, and we are also completely traumatized by these tragic events.

Gregory Lynn.
Gregory Lynn. Credit: 7NEWS

“We have to deal with the legal procedures as they arise and try to restore some balance in our lives.

“We also acknowledge the suffering of the Clay and Hill families during this difficult time.”

Lynn faced Sale Magistrates Court via video link Friday, where he did not apply for bail.

He is due back in court on May 31 next year.

Missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
Russell Hill and Carol Clay were last heard from in March 2020 while camping in the Victorian Alps. Credit: AAP
Police have launched a search for the campers' bodies.
Police have launched a search for the campers’ bodies. Credit: Victoria police

Police on Friday released two photos of new preliminary areas being searched for the remains of Mr. Hill and Mrs. Clay.

Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill said Thursday that police had established a crime scene in the Great Alpine region in search of the remains.

“We have located a specific area and we will establish a search parameter in the coming days,” said Asst Comm Hill.

“We hope we will locate the remains of Mr Hill and Mrs Clay … and provide closure for their families.

“This study is far from over.”

Disappearance

Sir. Hill and Mrs. Clay were last heard from March 20, 2020, after they set out on their tour of the Victorian Alps.

Hill left her home in Drouin on March 19 and picked up Mrs Clay from her home in Pakenham in her white Toyota LandCruiser.

On March 20, Mr. Hill – an experienced outdoorsman – via high frequency radio and said he was in the Wonnangatta Valley.

Russell Hill and Carol Clays campground were found burnt out.
Russell Hill and Carol Clays campground were found burnt out. Credit: Victoria police

Ms Clay, a former president of the Victorian Country Women’s Association, told friends she was heading away and expected to return home on March 28 or 29.

Investigators were told the couple were camping together on the Wonnangatta River near the Wonnangatta campsite.

Campers found Mr Hill’s car destroyed by fire at their campsite near the Dry River Creek Track on March 21.

– with AAP

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