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Greg Lynn arrested: Car detail probed in missing Victorian campers case

Police are investigating whether a major change had been made to a vehicle to avoid detection in the missing Victorian campers case.

The man who has been arrested in relation to the disappearance of two missing Victorian campers has also had his car seized, with police alleging a major change was made to the vehicle shortly after the pair went missing.

Gregory Lynn, 55, was arrested in a dramatic confrontation at a remote campsite in Victorian high country on Monday.

Mr Lynn, who works as a Jetstar captain, was tracked leaving his home in Caroline Springs, Melbourne, on Monday and was later intercepted by heavily armed police at Licola, more than 230km away.

He has not been charged and it is understood he is being questioned over the disappearance of campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay who were last seen in March 2020.

Mr Lynn’s Nissan Patrol was also seized, with police alleging the vehicle was painted from blue to beige shortly after the pair went missing.

Police have been seeking the driver of a blue “GU” model Nissan Patrol Series 1 that had been caught on CCTV driving in the area at the time of Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay’s, 73, disappearance.

Police are investigating whether the vehicle was repainted to avoid detection, according to multiple media reports.

The four-wheel drive is now in the possession of police as part of the ongoing investigation and has been taken away for forensic examination.

However, Nine News reports police have been unable to locate the trailer that was believed to be attached to the Nissan Patrol when it was caught on CCTV.

Police have been investigating the disappearance of Mr Hill and Ms Clay for more than 20 months, with extensive searchers conducted in the Victorian Alps, where the pair were believed to be camping before they vanished.

It is believed the case escalated unexpectedly in recent days, with Victoria Police’s special operations group called in at short notice to fly to the area in two helicopters and make the arrest.

In a statement, Jetstar revealed Mr Lynn had been removed from duty as a result of his arrest.

“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 spokesperson said.

Cops’ ‘best theory’ involved 4WD

Mr Hill and Ms Clay were last heard from when they travelled via Licola, spending one night at Howitt High Plains before heading into Wonnangatta Valley on March 20, 2020.

Mr Hill – who did not tell his wife he was with Ms Clay – was last heard from the next day via HF radio, stating he was at Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps.

Campers later found Mr Hill’s vehicle with signs of minor fire damage at their campsite, which was completely burned out, near the Dry River Creek Track in the Wonnangatta Valley on March 21.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said the “best theory” police had so far involved the vehicle earlier caught on CCTV and released to the public.

“Maybe someone in that blue four-wheel drive was parked and camped in the same area and that could have prompted some contact which may have been confrontational or aggressive contact,” he told reporters.

“We know Russell was a very peaceful and law-abiding man and he worked in the wilderness and some very tough jobs, so he wasn’t someone who would necessarily take a backwards step either.

“So if there’s been some sort of argument, maybe it’s escalated from there.”

– with NCA NewsWire


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