Australian Police Arrest Man Over Disappearance of Missing Campers Russel Hill and Carol Clay

Australian police arrested a man over the disappearance of Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay, who vanished from a national park last year.

Victorian Police said in a statement that they arrested a 55-year-old man from Caroline Springs at about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 in the High Plains Area, part of the Victorian Alps.

Police are questioning the man but have not charged him.

The exact circumstances of the arrest have yet to be revealed.

“The investigation into the matter remains ongoing and further information will be released when operationally appropriate to do so,” police said.

Hill, 74, and Clay, 73, vanished while they were camping in the remote Wonnagatta Valley in northeastern Victoria on March 20, 2020, sparking one of the largest missing person investigations in the state.

Investigators believed Hill was last heard from when he used his high-frequency radio to communicate with his friends at around 6:30 p.m. on the day of the pair’s disappearance.

Campers came upon Hill and Clay’s burnt-out campsite the following day at 2 p.m. local time, but police were not notified until later that week.

The fire destroyed the pair’s tent, left black stains near the Dry River Creek Track, and also left minor damage to Hill’s white Toyota Landcruiser, prompting concerns of foul play.

Hill was an experienced camper in the area and knew the Gippsland region well because he worked there as a contract logger years ago.


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