Human remains believed to be the bodies of missing secret lover campers could take days to be forensically identified after spending almost two years exposed to the wild

Human remains found in search for missing campers Russell Hill and Carol ClayThe remains have not yet been formally identified and are being DNA testedDetectives had been searching area of bushland for days after laying charges Gregory Lynn, 55, was arrested last Monday and charged with their murders The human remains were likely ravaged by the harsh bush environment  

The families of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay may have to wait up to a week to learn the fate of their loved ones. 

Human remains located by police in Victoria’s high country are in the process of being forensically examined in the expectation that the secret lovers have finally been found. 

Their bodies are believed to have been dumped off the Providence Spur Track, north of Dargo in the state’s east, within dense bushland for more than 20 months. 

Russell Hill (pictured, right) and Carol Clay (left) are alleged by police to have been murdered during a camping trip in March 2020

Russell Hill (pictured, right) and Carol Clay (left) are alleged by police to have been murdered during a camping trip in March 2020

Gregory Lynn, 55, (pictured) was charged with the murder of secret lovers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, as police begin the exhaustive search for their bodies

Gregory Lynn, 55, (pictured) was charged with the murder of secret lovers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, as police begin the exhaustive search for their bodies

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground

Police had descended on the precise location three days after the arrest of Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55, who charged with the couple’s murders after four days in custody. 

On Wednesday,  police said it would take ‘quite some time’ to determine if the remains are in fact those of Ms Clay, 73, and Mr Hill, 74.

While fingerprints and dental records of the bodies could reveal their identities within minutes, it is understood detectives will need to rely on DNA samples due to the devastating toll of the harsh environment on their bodies. 

The terrain is deemed some of the harshest on the planet, with predators such as wild dogs roaming the wilderness. 

Early reports suggest the remains were found in what appeared to be a shallow grave, which would have likely allowed exposure to the elements on the mountain’s predators. 

DNA testing on recently deceased corpses can take a matter of hours, but analysis on older bodies becomes more complex, particularly if all that remains are bones. 

Experts in the field of forensic science claim techniques are constantly changing as new methods become available and validated, but the extraction of DNA from bone material remains for now a time-consuming and laborious process. 

Bones need to be cleaned and powdered to enhance access of extraction chemicals and the extraction procedure itself may take several hours or days depending on the condition of the test sample. 

Mr Hill's family were not aware that he would be spending the weekend with his lover, Ms Clay

Mr Hill’s family were not aware that he would be spending the weekend with his lover, Ms Clay

Forensic experts made the grisly find off the Providence Spur Track north of Dargo in the state's east within dense bushland often frequented by deer hunters

Forensic experts made the grisly find off the Providence Spur Track north of Dargo in the state’s east within dense bushland often frequented by deer hunters

Victoria Police also have the added burden of a forensic team still struggling to catch-up with a backlog of analysis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Six hard lockdowns have seen routine forensic examinations pushed back for months on end, with some court cases being delayed for years. 

Despite the backlog, the remains are expected to jump the queue in the hope of finally providing the families of Mr Hill and Ms Clay the opportunity to give them a proper burial. 

Mystery remains, for now, over what else police have found at the burial site. 

While police were keen to use the media to catch the alleged killer, it now refuses to answer basic questions on the still active case. 

On Monday, police refused to say if the alleged killer’s trailer had yet been located, or whether Mr Hill’s missing drone was found at the location the remains were extracted from.  

Despite having near GPS-quality information on the bush burial site, it still took expert officers days to extract the human remains.

The police team will continue to search for more human remains until at least Friday in the hope of turning up other personal items. 

On Monday, temperatures climbed into the 30s as plain clothes officers sifted through dirt by hand and an excavator dug up packed ground.

Detectives believe the bodies had been dumped in the area the very day they went missing on March 20 last year. 

Over that period, the rugged terrain has endured two winters, with the area prone to rain, hail, sleet, snow, frost, strong winds, low temperatures and frequent blizzards, especially during winter and spring.

Many people who go missing in the Victorian Alps remain that way. 

Barwon prison boss David Prideaux was 50 when the experienced hunter went on a trip with his brother-in-law in Victoria’s rugged Alpine National Park and simply vanished. 

More than 100 police, search and rescue officers, State Emergency Service and volunteers from the Bush Search and Rescue had descended on the area at first light. 

To this day, his remains have not been accounted for.  

Former Victorian Water Minister Tim Holding, who fell off Mount Feathertop while attempting a solo hike back in 2009, was only found due to good luck and better contacts.

Two helicopters with thermal imaging technology were flown in and rescue teams scoured the bush of foot, on horses, trail bikes and in four-wheel-drives. 

Greg Lynn is seen with his wife Melanie - who is a flight attendant with Jetstar - with the pair meeting through work

Greg Lynn is seen with his wife Melanie – who is a flight attendant with Jetstar – with the pair meeting through work

Officers endured treacherous conditions in the search for the missing campers

Officers endured treacherous conditions in the search for the missing campers 

Detectives are hopeful they'll finally be able to provide some sense of closure to Mr Hill and Ms Clay's grieving families

Detectives are hopeful they’ll finally be able to provide some sense of closure to Mr Hill and Ms Clay’s grieving families

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground

Footage of the search showed plain clothes officers sifting through dirt by hand as an excavator worked ahead turning the soil over and digging up the packed ground

Human remains have been found in the search for missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay

Human remains have been found in the search for missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay 

A breakthrough in the missing campers case came just last week when police arrested Lynn in the bush on November 22.

They seized the Caroline Springs man’s Nissan Patrol after tracking his movements and flying into remote bushland by helicopter. 

A trailer being towed by an off-road vehicle – also captured on CCTV the night the secret lovers vanished, remains missing. 

Police believe it was likely sold on Gumtree.

A subsequent search of his home did not uncover the trailer, which police claimed last week could be the final piece of the puzzle.

Lynn was stood down from his job as a Jetstar pilot after his arrest on November 22. 

Daily Mail Australia previously revealed the 55-year-old had been grounded long before special operations group officers took him into custody.

Speaking amid community concern a suspected killer could have been within the cockpit of commercial flights, one source said Lynn had been safely on terra firma as police turned the heat on him to boiling point.

Instead, the experienced check pilot and accused double killer had been training up-and-coming pilots.

In his first court appearance, Lynn’s lawyer Chris McLennan did not make any application for bail on behalf of the alleged killer, who was remanded in custody by Magistrate Greg McNamara until his next court appearance on May 31. 

He faces life in prison should he be convicted of double murder. 

Ms Clay was on a romantic camping trip and had confided in her sister about the romance

Ms Clay was on a romantic camping trip and had confided in her sister about the romance

The charred remains of the couples' tent were found by fellow campers a day after they vanished

The charred remains of the couples’ tent were found by fellow campers a day after they vanished 

Human remains have been found in the search for the 'secret lover' missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay in Victoria's Gippsland region

Human remains have been found in the search for the ‘secret lover’ missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay in Victoria’s Gippsland region

Human remains have been found by police in Victoria's high country in the search for missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill

Human remains have been found by police in Victoria’s high country in the search for missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill

For 20 months police have been investigating what happened to the two missing campers

For 20 months police have been investigating what happened to the two missing campers 


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