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Police chief 'confident' missing campers case will be solved 'soon'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 25/11/2021 Chanel Zagon

Victoria's police chief is confident the high-profile case of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay will be solved "fairly soon" following the arrest of a Jetstar pilot over their disappearance.

Greg Lynn, 55 is being questioned by police at Sale police station in East Gippsland for a third day following his arrest on Monday.

The father-of-three was camping at a site near Moroka Road, Arbuckle Junction in the High Plains area when he was swooped upon by special operations officers who flew in by helicopter about 5.30pm.

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Pilot Greg Lynn is still being questioned over disappearance of missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill. © Nine Pilot Greg Lynn is still being questioned over disappearance of missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill.

Chief Police Commissioner Shane Patton told 3AW this morning there was no time limit as to how long police could hold the suspect in custody without charge.

"We are not rushing into anything here," he said.

"They are taking it methodically.

"They will use that reasonable time to ensure we effectively interview that suspect."

It is understood police had not planned to arrest Mr Lynn on Monday but they did due to concerns about his mental health.

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The campsite where Mr Lynn was found. © Nine The campsite where Mr Lynn was found. The remote campsite in Victoria's High Country near Arbuckle Junction where Greg Lynn was captured by police. © Nine The remote campsite in Victoria's High Country near Arbuckle Junction where Greg Lynn was captured by police.

9News understands Mr Lynn left his Caroline Springs home in Melbourne's west to go camping after having a fight with his wife.

Mr Lynn is also believed to have a significant gun collection that has been seized by police.


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Commissioner Patton confirmed the man had been spoken to previously by police over the disappearance of the campers.

It is believed Mr Lynn had been in the area at the time they went missing in March last year, but he told police he had not seen the couple.

No charges have been laid against Mr Lynn, but police will allege his beige car is the blue Nissan Patrol police had been searching for and later seized as part of the investigation.

"This has been a very long and complex investigation," Commissioner Patton said.

Police are still trying to locate a silver trailer attached to the vehicle at the time.

Commissioner Patton said anyone in the community who acquired or purchased a silver trailer - between March and July last year - under circumstances they believe could be suspicious, to contact Crime Stoppers.

Detectives will allege Mr Lynn changed the colour of the Nissan Patrol to avoid being found by police.

According to a registration check on the VicRoads website, the now beige car was registered as a 1997 white Nissan.

But in 2019, it was blue and this year it changed colour again to beige.

Neighbour John Vella said he noticed Mr Lynn changed the colour of his Nissan Patrol about a year ago.

"It was in need of a spray paint because the paint was all faded and there were rust spots," he said.

"You don't expect that in your neighbourhood. He seemed to be very nice."

Amin Khandakar said he was shocked to hear the news about his neighbour, who seemed to be a "family person".

"He's a family person ... he's got kids," he told reporters.

Jetstar has confirmed the pilot had been stood down.

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.

"It would be quite remarkable to find them alive at this point in time I would have thought," Commissioner Patton said.

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