Victoria Police have this evening charged 55-year-old airline pilot, Gregory Lynn (pictured), with the murders of missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill (pictured, below).
He is set to appear in Sale Magistrate Court tomorrow to face two counts of murder in relation to the disappearance of the couple, who vanished while camping in Victoria’s high country in March last year.
Mr Lynn has been in police custody since Monday afternoon following his arrest by Victoria Police Special Operations Group officers in Gippland’s remote Arbuckle Junction east of Melbourne.
The Jetstar pilot’s Nissan Patrol vehicle has been seized by police , who believe it may have been painted from blue to beige in an attempt to disguise its likeness to a vehicle spotted in the Wonnangatta Valley at the time the couple went missing.
“Maybe someone in that blue four-wheel drive was parked and camped in the same area and that could have prompted some contact which may have been confrontational or aggressive contact,” Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper told a media conference this week.
“We know Russell was a very peaceful and law-abiding man and he worked in the wilderness and some very tough jobs, so he wasn’t someone who would necessarily take a backwards step either.”
Mr Lynn was reportedly a long-time member of a Victorian shooting club.