Victoria Police arrest man over missing Wonnangatta Valley campers

Detectives have made an arrest in connection with the disappearance of campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay, who disappeared in the high country of Victoria last March.

Police confirmed that a 55-year-old man from Caroline Springs was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Monday. The man is yet to be questioned by police and no charges have been filed.

Missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.

On March 20 last year, Mr. Hill and Mrs. Clay, in their seventies, disappeared in the high country of Victoria.

The last contact they had with the outside world was through Mr. Hill’s high-frequency radio when they set up camp in the Wonnangatta Valley, a remote part of the Victorian Alpine National Park with no cell phone reception.

It took days for their burned-out campsite to be reported to the police.


Last month, Victorian police revealed a clue in the high-profile mystery, with investigators confirming more information about a car seen in the area at the time of their disappearance.

Missing persons’ detectives said they had reduced the vehicle to a five-door wagon, the “GU” model Nissan Patrol Series 1, built between 1997 and 2001.

They received information from the Australian Nissan Patrol community after a call for information.

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