Jetstar pilot arrested in case of missing Victorian campers

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A Jetstar employee has been taken into custody in the case of missing Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill.

Victoria Police announced Tuesday they had made a breakthrough arrest in the mysterious disappearance of the pair in March last year. 

The 55-year-old Caroline Springs man was being questioned Tuesday following a dramatic arrest by specialist police at a remote campsite in Arbuckle Junction on Monday night.

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

The suspect's Nissan Patrol four-wheel-drive was also seized.

The man has since been revealed as a Jetstar employee. 

"Jetstar has been advised by Victoria Police that one of its employees is under investigation for a serious crime and will work to assist in this due process any way we can," a Jetstar spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia in a statement. 

"As a matter of course, the employee has been removed from duty as a result of their arrest."

7News was the first to identify the suspect as Gregory Lynn, who reportedly worked for the airline as a pilot.

The man remains in custody, police confirmed to Yahoo News Australia this morning. 

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

Family members of the missing campers have welcomed news of the arrest, saying there is a glimmer of hope they will now get some answers to the mysterious and heartbreaking crime. 

Carol Clay and Russell Hill were last heard from on March 20, 2020 while camping in the area in the Victorian Alps.

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

Mr Hill, 74, was last heard from on March 20 when he made a call via HF radio saying he was at Wonnangatta Valley.

Ms Clay, 73, told friends she was heading away and expected to return home on March 28 or 29.

Police believe the pair may have had an altercation with another camper at the campsite.

with AAP

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