Families of married husband and friend who disappeared during a camping trip in Victoria break their silence
The families of a married man and his missing girlfriend on a camping trip have spoken out about their mysterious disappearance.
Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, camped in the rugged and remote Wonnangatta Valley in Victoria’s Gippsland region on March 19.
An experienced bushman, Mr. Hill contacted his wife Robyn by radio the next day, but neither he nor his girlfriend have not been seen or heard since.
Mr Hill’s car and the charred remains of a campground were found a week later on March 27 near the Dry River Creek track near Billabong.
Police now refuse to rule out foul play after discovering that a number of items had been stolen from the site, including an expensive drone. Ms. Hill has already revealed that she thought her husband was camping alone.
Their families made a desperate plea on Wednesday for anyone with information about their disappearance to come forward.
Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, (photo) went camping in the rugged and remote Wonnangatta Valley in Victoria’s Gippsland region on March 19
An experienced bushman, Mr. Hill (pictured), contacted his wife Robyn by radio the next day, but he or his girlfriend has not been seen or heard since
Police suspect that a number of items have been taken from the site (pictured, including a drone now missing – and refuse to rule out foul play)
“We are deeply saddened that Russell and Carol have been missing for a month now,” said the Hill family.
“It is terrible for our family that we don’t know what happened to both. We beg everyone who has information to come forward. ‘
Ms Clay’s family said they were “very shocked” and concerned, and asked anyone with any knowledge about their whereabouts.
“Their disappearance is very unusual because they were well prepared and traveled in a country known to Russell Hill,” they said.
“This is a very difficult time for our family. We live with uncertainty, loss and the constant stress of not knowing where they are and what happened.
The search for the missing campers continues, the police are now calling on the community to find them.
Inspector Inspector Andrew Stamper said they did not know what exactly happened to the couple.
He said they may have had an accident in the bush or may have encountered “foul play.”
Friends of devoted grandmother Carol Clay (pictured right) were surprised to learn that she had gone camping with a close friend who described her as a glamor queen
Researchers suspect that a number of items are possible were taken from the campsite, including a drone that belonged to Mr. Hill.
Another possible police officer considers Mr Hill to have crashed the drone, worth approximately $ 2,000, and left his camp to search for it.
Despite the new leads, Hill’s fifty-year-old shattered woman has lost hope that he will return home and pack his things.
“I don’t think he’ll be alive,” Robyn Hill told Daily Mail Australia on Monday from the couple’s Drouin home.
She had no idea her husband had gone camping with another woman.
Mrs. Clay’s best friends were also surprised to learn that she had gone camping.
Mr Hill (above) recently retired and was an experienced outdoorsman who reportedly knew the remote Alpine region from the Gippsland source
“She really was a glamor queen,” said Dorothy Coombe, a fifteen-year-old friend A current affair on Tuesday evening.
“She always looks beautiful and well-dressed.
“For many people, they couldn’t imagine her in the bush, let alone anything that happened to her.”
Ms. Coombe is baffled by the disappearance of the devoted grandmother and former Victorian president of the Country Women’s Association.
“She was a wonderful friend,” said Mrs. Coombe.
“She was one of those people who would cook for you and drop the food around.”
The police are investigating the possibility that the couple has disappeared of their own free will, while the scenario they encountered with cheating is not excluded.
A burnt-out campsite was found in a remote bushland in Victoria’s Wonnangatta Valley
The couple went missing in the Wonnangatta Valley, more than 200 km northeast of Melbourne
“Something clearly went wrong. We know something went wrong, “said Coombe.
It is also possible that the couple’s disappearance will never be resolved.
“It is now the role of the police to try to provide the families in particular with answers. But there may be none at the end of the day, ‘said former homicide detective Charlie Bezzina.
Local rancher Bruce McCormack, who was involved in numerous searches, said the abandoned site was near dense woodland where you would ‘never find’ them.
“It’s kind of a large open area in the middle of Alpine National Park,” he said.
The couple’s burnt-out campsite with Mr Hill’s car parked next to it (pictured) was found in a remote area of bushland in Victoria’s Wonnangatta Valley on March 27
Ms. Clay (above) was the Victorian president of the Country Women’s Association and was known for her beautiful, elegant clothes
As investigators prepare to take another look at the Toyota 4WD Mr. Hill left on the spot, Ms. Hill emphasizes that her husband was never missing before this trip.
“He’s always been on the radio. He hadn’t called for a few days and then I started to worry and thought ‘I need to do something now,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Ms. Hill said her husband would routinely broadcast at the same time every night as his other radio friends were on the air.
“They can all get along at once and once I heard Russell I knew he was fine on Friday. But then I no longer heard him. ‘
Mr. Hill’s car (photo) has been returned to his home in Drouin, where specialist detectives hope to re-examine him for further evidence