On the 6-month-anniversary of when they were final heard from, detectives from the Missing Folks Squad are again racy for recordsdata as portion of their investigation into missing Wonnangatta campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
Russell left his Drouin dwelling on 19 March, aloof Carol from her dwelling in Pakenham in his white Toyota Landcruiser.
They then travelled by Licola spending one night at Howitt High Plains earlier than heading into Wonnangatta Valley on 20 March.
He was as soon as final heard from on 20 March by HF radio stating he was as soon as at Wonnangatta Valley within the Victorian Alps when he made the decision.
Carol instructed chums she was as soon as heading away and was as soon as wanting forward to to procedure support dwelling on 28 or 29 March.
Investigators have been instructed Russell and Carol were camping collectively at Wonnangatta River conclude to the Wonnangatta camping ground.
Police are racy to talk to someone who was as soon as within the Wonnangatta position around that point, including campers, 4×4 day trippers, hunters, fishermen or trot bike riders, without reference to whether or no longer they noticed or heard anything.
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Detectives are also racy to talk to someone who was as soon as within the position of Howitt Plains and Zeka Spur Discover on 19 or 20 March, and the Wonnangatta Valley and Wonnangatta Residing between 20-24 March.
Investigators have been instructed that Russell took his DJI Mavic drone earlier than going camping and the drone remains to be but to be recovered.
Police have made intensive inquiries in relation to the drone and its flight logs which don’t have any longer provided from now on recordsdata.
Campers stumbled on Russell’s automobile with indicators of minor fireplace injury at their campsite, which was as soon as completely destroyed by fireplace, conclude to Dry River Creek Discover within the Wonnangatta Valley on 21 March.
The examination of the fireplace scene by arson chemists was as soon as inconclusive and police would nonetheless glean to talk to someone who noticed this fireplace or the smoke from it.
Detectives have also established that Russell was as soon as camping alone with his Landcruiser within the position of the King Billy and Bluff Discover between 11-13 March.
Police are racy to talk to someone in that position on those dates.
Recordsdata was as soon as later bought about sighting of an older person or pair within the Dark Snake Creek, Eaglevale River crossing and the Ollies Soar position on 22-23 March, on the other hand have never been in a position to connect if this was as soon as the missing campers.
Detectives demand someone on this position, any older couple who may per chance per chance per chance additionally very well be these persons, to also procedure forward.
No topic intensive searches everywhere in the final six months, the pair don’t have any longer been located and don’t have any longer contacted family or chums.
It remains to be but to be completely determined whether or no longer their disappearance is suspicious, but a first-rate investigation has been conducted over the final six months and should always proceed.
Officer to blame of the Missing Folks Squad, Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper, said police were nonetheless hopeful of getting solutions for the Hill and Clay households.
“Six months is a protracted time to be ready by the phone for recordsdata, on the other hand police haven’t given up,” he said.
“When the climate enables, our investigators and specialist search teams will return to the position to behavior extra searches within the hope of finding any clues about what has came about to Russell and Carol.
“We’ve had a preference of folks that were within the position around the time they went missing procedure forward on the other hand I’m able to’t stress passable that someone with even the slightest fragment of recordsdata is urged to contact us.
Police are extraordinarily grateful for the a tall preference of folks that have procedure forward to this level.
“Whilst you were within the Wonnangatta or surrounding areas around this time but for without reference to reason don’t have any longer spoken to police, we’d nonetheless very noteworthy glean to you to contact us.
“Everyone is conscious of there have been vehicles within the position at the time with Victorian, NSW, Tasmanian, Queensland and South Australian registrations, so potentially there are of us now interstate who’ve some recordsdata or deserve to contact us with their particulars.
“Even though six months have passed, police nonetheless judge that we are able to resolve this but we need the overall public’s support.”
Anyone who sights Russell or Carol is urged to contact triple zero (000) proper now.
Anyone with any other recordsdata relating to their disappearance or who has any CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log onto www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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