An airline pilot charged with the murders of Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay has appeared in court from a regional police station.
Greg Lynn, 55, appeared before Sale Magistrates Court for a brief hearing Friday morning after he was charged Thursday with the couple’s disappearance in 2020.
Hill and Clay were last heard from while camping in the Victorian Alps on March 20 last year. Hill – an experienced outdoorsman – called via high frequency radio and said he was in the Wonnangatta Valley.
Lynn did not seek bail during Friday’s brief hearing.
Police requested until mid-April 2022 to build up their evidence against Lynn, who was arrested Monday night at a remote Gippsland campsite.
“The dates are likely to be extended because it’s a fairly extensive investigation,” his lawyer, Chris McLennan, told the court via video link.
Lynn showed up via video link from Sales Police Station, two blocks from the courthouse. He was wearing a gray sweater and white surgical mask.
He sat with his hands clasped on the table in front of him and said nothing during the hearing, which lasted a few minutes.
McLennan told the court there were no issues with custody. The case is set to return to court in Sale in late May.
Victoria Police Assistant Bob Hill said Thursday night that investigators had allegedly discovered a crime scene in the Greater Alpine region.
“We have located a specific area and we will establish a search perimeter in the coming days and we hope we will find the remains of Mr. Hill and Mrs Clay,” he told reporters in Melbourne.
“Although this arrest is a testament to months of dedication and tireless work by the detectives of the missing persons, this investigation is far from over. Forensic specialists will begin searching the site in the coming days. I hope we will be able to to locate the deceased and provide a barrier for the families. ”