Google Maps photos show key clue in case of missing Victorian campers

·News Reporter
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Google Maps photos of the vehicle at the centre of investigations into the disappearance of campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill may prove vital to police who continue to hold a man in custody. 

The 55-year-old Caroline Springs man, reported in the media as Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn, was arrested on Monday night over the campers' disappearance but remains in custody without charge as of Thursday morning.

His beige Nissan Patrol was seized by police as part of investigations. 

It is the same vehicle model featured in a police release earlier this month which saw authorities seeking information on a blue Nissan Patrol seen in the Wonnangatta area where Ms Clay and Mr Hill were understood to be camping in March 2020.

The vehicle in the driveway of the Caroline Springs home appears to have changed colour. Source: Nine News/ Google Maps
The vehicle in the driveway of the Caroline Springs home appears to have changed colour. Source: Nine News/ Google Maps

In separate Google Maps images from 2019 and 2021 obtained by Nine News, the earlier photo shows a blue-coloured vehicle in the driveway of Lynn's Caroline Springs home. Two years later, the same model is again pictured at the property but is beige – the same colour as the vehicle seized by police.

Police are investigating whether the vehicle was the same and whether it had been spray painted. 

A neighbour told Nine News they had noticed the vehicle change colour about 12 months ago, adding the vehicle was faded and had rust spots before its transformation.

Gregory Lynn has been identified as the man arrested by police in relation to the case. Source: Facebook
Gregory Lynn has been identified as the man arrested by police in relation to the case. Source: Facebook

On Wednesday evening, Victoria Police said a person can be held in custody for a "reasonable time" as per the Crimes Act Section 464A, and this was not restricted to a set time.

Lynn was arrested on Monday night by specialist police at a remote campsite in Arbuckle Junction, some 280km northeast of Melbourne.

Mr Hill's car was found destroyed by fire at their campsite near Dry River Creek Track on March 21 last year.

Carol Clay and Russell Hill vanished in March 2020. Source: Victoria Police
Carol Clay and Russell Hill vanished in March 2020. Source: Victoria Police

Police believe Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay, 73, may have had an altercation with another camper.

Witness reports indicate the blue Nissan Patrol seen nearby was towing a trailer and was heard performing a 20 to 30-point turn on a narrow track the night the pair vanished.

Mr Hill was last heard from during a radio call where he confirmed he was in the Wonnangatta Valley.

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