By Erin Pearson
Double murder accused Greg Lynn sat unmoving during his brief court appearance on Friday morning, hours after he was charged over the alleged killings of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
The 55-year-old father of three, dressed in a grey jumper with clean-cut hair, appeared at Sale Magistrates Court via video link from the nearby regional police station.
Court documents released to the press show police alleged Mr Lynn, an airline pilot from Caroline Springs, murdered Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay, 73, at Wonnangatta on March 20, 2020.
The murder charges followed three days of questioning by missing person squad detectives after specialist police were flown in via helicopter to arrest Mr Lynn at a remote Gippsland campsite about 5.30pm on Monday.
During a late-night press conference held soon after charges were laid on Thursday, Assistant Commissioner of police Bob Hill said he hoped the charges would help provide some closure to the families of the missing campers.
The senior officer also praised the efforts of police involved in the investigation, labelling their efforts extraordinary, as they prepare to spend the coming days searching a potential crime scene in the rugged alpine region for the remains of Mr Hill and Ms Clay.
Mr Hill, from Drouin, and Ms Clay, from Pakenham, vanished from the Wonnangatta Valley in the state’s high country in March last year before their campsite, damaged by fire, was discovered by others.
Investigators are still searching for a trailer that remains missing. Officers believe Mr Lynn may have sold the trailer on online marketplace Gumtree in the months that followed.
The metal trailer, believed to be a silver-blue colour, has been described as about two metres by 1.5 metres in size, rusty and fitted with outback wheels.
Mr Lynn’s lawyer Chris McLennan told the court he was aware the police investigation was “fairly substantial”, accepting it may take longer than usual to receive the detective’s brief of evidence.
No application for bail was made and Mr McLennan told the court there were no custody management issues he needed to raise in relation to his client.
“I take it there is no application for bail?” Magistrate Greg McNamara asked. “No,” Mr McLennan replied.
Mr Lynn’s wife, Melanie Lynn, joined the online hearing separately, with her camera turned off.
Mr Lynn has been remanded to reappear at the regional court again on May 31 next year.
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