Victoria Police have released the first public photos of a new search area where they hope to find the bodies of Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
Victoria Police have released the first public photos of a new search area where they hope to find the bodies of the missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
Hill, 74, and Mrs. Clay, 73, have not been seen since March 2020.
Last night, a professional pilot, 55-year-old Greg Lynn, was charged with two counts of murder in connection with their disappearance.
At a news conference Thursday night, Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill revealed that investigators were preparing to search for remains in a dense area of bushland in the Victoria Alps.
“Forensic specialists will begin searching the site in the coming days,” he said.
“Police hope we will be able to locate the deceased and provide the ultimate closure of the families.”
Pictures released by Victoria Police on Friday afternoon show a search area with thick vegetation, densely packed trees and uneven terrain, which officers will comb through for the next few days.
However, the exact location of the search will be kept secret until investigators are able to “complete the area”.
“In relation to the search area, we will not at present release a more specific description of the site until we are able to complete the area we want to search and ensure that our resources are in place to protect this.” said.
See you on Today Show this morning, Missing Persons Network CEO Valentine Smith said the secrecy surrounding the area would help prevent the potential crime scene from becoming “contaminated” or “mixed.”
“They certainly would not want to be unknowingly or deliberately distracted by other people trying to get an overview of what is going on there. They have to protect it,” Mr Smith said.
He also talked about police continued attempts to find a blue trailer attached to a four-wheel drive vehicle.
“I can see the police really pushing for that,” he said.
“Without speculating on it, too, it’s obviously (it is) of some evidential significance to them.”
The missing campers – who had an affair and often visited remote campsites – are believed to have disappeared while staying in the Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps. Sir. Hill was last heard via HF radio, saying he was heading into the area on March 20th.
But the couple’s completely burnt out campsite was found by campers the next day, with no sign of Mrs. Clay or Mr. Hill.