Grim theory emerges surrounding missing lovers

Yahoo News Staff
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A detective has given a sad theory about the fate of two missing Victorian campers.

Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, went missing at Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps on March 20 last year.

No one has seen or heard from them since.

Police recently said they were seeking information about a vehicle spotted near their camp site.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper told 7News he believes the couple have died and met foul play.

“My honest but sad belief is that unfortunately, they are deceased,” he told 7News.

Russell Hill and Carol Clay are pictured.
Russell Hill and Carol Clay have been missing since March last year. Source: AAP

Det Insp added a number of cadaver dogs are being deployed to find human remains.

Mr Hill, 74, left his Drouin home on March 19 last year and collected his friend Ms Clay, 73, from her home in Pakenham in his white Toyota LandCruiser.

Ms Clay was divorced but Mr Hill was still married.

They then travelled through Licola, spending one night at Howitt High Plains before heading into Wonnangatta Valley on March 20.

Mr Hill was last heard from on that day over HF radio, while Ms Clay had told friends she was heading away and was expecting to return by March 29.

Police said there are "a number of people that are of interest to us".

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.

with AAP

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