Victoria: A Full Timeline of Carol Clay and Russell Hill’s Shocking Disappearance

From a secret camping trip to a double murder charge: a complete timeline of the mind-boggling disappearances of Carol Clay and Russell Hill

  • Timeline of events surrounding the disappearance of Carol Clay and Russell Hill
  • Elderly couple disappeared while camping in the Victorian Alps in March last year
  • A 20-month investigation led police to 55-year-old Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn
  • Lynn was arrested Monday and charged with their murders


The mystery surrounding the disappearances of lovers Carol Clay and Russell Hill quickly comes to an end after a Jetstar pilot is charged with murder.

The pair disappeared after a secret camping trip in the Victorian Alps last March in a case that stunned investigators and the public alike.

However, after a thorough 20-month search, police have located pilot Gregory Lynn, 55, who was charged with the murder of the elderly couple on Thursday.

Police say they are ‘hopeful’ to locate the beloved grandparents’ bodies in a second crime scene as the case that gripped Australia comes to a tragic end.

Here’s a full timeline of the mystery that has puzzled the country for 20 months.

Enthusiastic camper and father Gregory Lynn, 55, (pictured) has been in custody since Monday and will appear in court Friday morning

Carol Clay (left) and Russell Hill (right) went missing while camping in the Victorian Alps last March.  The couple has not been heard from since then

Carol Clay (left) and Russell Hill (right) went missing while camping in the Victorian Alps last March. The couple has not been heard from since then

TIMELINE OF MISSING VICTORIAN CAMPER CASE

March 19, 2020: Russell Hill, 74, leaves his home in Drouin to pick up Carol Clay, 73, from her home in Pakenham

March 20, 2020: Mr. Hill calls on the high-frequency radio and says he was in the Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps. It’s the last time anyone will hear from either one

March 21, 2020: Campers find Mr Hill’s fire-damaged Toyota Landcruiser at their campground near Dry River Creek Track

Mr. Hill's white Toyota Landcruiser (pictured) was found March 21 with minor fire damage at their burnt campground near Dry River Creek Track in the valley.

Mr. Hill’s white Toyota Landcruiser (pictured) was found March 21 with minor fire damage at their burnt campground near Dry River Creek Track in the valley.

Pictured: Russell Hill

Pictured: Carol Clay

Russell Hill (pictured, left) and Carol Clay (right) are said to have been killed by the police while on a camping trip

March 26, 2020: When Mr. Hill was planning to leave the region

March 28 to 29, 2020: When Mrs. Clay told friends she expected to return

March 30, 2020: Police make public appeal for information amid search

Apr 6, 2020: First search aborted

March 5, 2021: Police call for information on ‘mystery vehicle’ described as ‘white double cab’ seen in area

The mid-1990s Nissan Patrol model (pictured) is now at the center of the investigation after it was pictured near where the pair were last seen

The mid-1990s Nissan Patrol model (pictured) is now at the center of the investigation after it was pictured near where the pair were last seen

Lynn is in police custody for three days after being arrested in dramatic scenes where helicopters crashed into him at a remote campground.  He has since been charged with murdering the couple

Lynn has been in police custody for three days after being arrested in dramatic scenes where helicopters crashed into him at a remote campground. He has since been charged with murdering the couple

March 9, 2021: Drone turned in to police ruled out as Mr Hill’s

Apr 4, 2021: Cadaver dogs join the search in Wonnangatta Valley

April 14, 2021: Two shovels found near Great Alpine Rd at Mount Hotham, about 100km drive from where the campers were missing

Nov 8, 2021: Image released of blue four-wheel drive seen in the area

November 22, 2021: Police arrest 55-year-old man from Caroline Springs

November 25, 2021: 55-year-old man is accused of two murders

The pilot was charged with two murders on Thursday evening after an extensive investigation

The pilot was charged with two murders on Thursday evening after an extensive investigation

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