Rachel Fieldhouse

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Wed, 24 Nov, 2021

Suspect named in missing campers arrest

Suspect named in missing campers arrest

A man arrested earlier this week over the disappearance of Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill has been identified as Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn.

The 55-year-old from Caroline Springs, in Melbourne’s west, was arrested on Monday afternoon by special operations officers at a campsite near Arbuckle Junction, 166 kilometres east of Melbourne.

No charges have been laid against him as he continues to be questioned by police.

Jetstar has confirmed that the pilot had been stood down following his arrest.

“Jetstar has been advised by Victoria Police that one of its employees is under investigation for a serious crime and will work to assist in this due process in any way we can,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“As a matter of course, the employee has been removed from duty as a result of their arrest.”

Authorities have alleged that the dark blue Nissan Patrol they have been searching for - and have since seized - belongs to Mr Lynn.

A car has been seized in the investigation into Russell and Carol’s disappearance. Image: Nine

Police allege Mr Lynn changed the colour of the seized vehicle to avoid being found by police, after they released specific details about the car’s colour, model, and time period it was made last week.

But, the trailer believed to be attached to the vehicle at the time of the disappearance is yet to be located.

“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.

“The investigation into the matter remains ongoing.”

Ms Clay’s sister Jill broke her silence following Mr Lynn’s arrest, saying she hoped his arrest would provide some answers.

“Emotionally, it’s brought up everything during that time - a lot of grief and pain. We haven’t known how, we haven’t known why, they just vanished,” she told Nine News.

“Now all of a sudden there’s a glimmer and we might get some answers.

“It would be such a relief to have those answers, to have a memorial for Carol and Russell.”

Image: Facebook

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