It’s been 19 months since campers, Russell Hill and Carol Clay went missing while camping in the Wonnangatta Valley, as Victoria Police renew their appeal for information on the missing couple following a fresh theory.
The appeal comes as the family of the missing campers break their silence on the disappearance and with no further information on what happened to their loved ones.
Russell Hill’s daughter Debbie told 7 News, “it’s not getting any better not knowing”.
“It’s hard. You can’t grieve for someone if you don’t know really missing or dead,” Mr Hill’s daughter Debbie said.
Carol Clay’s sister Jill said she knew right away “that there was something horribly wrong”.
Nineteen months after they were last seen, detectives from the Missing Persons Squad have joined with the families of Russell Hill and Carol Clay to renew their appeal for information on the missing Wonnangatta campers.
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) October 18, 2021
Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper spoke with the families of the missing couple and said in a statement, “to say their grief is still very raw would be an understatement”
“They spoke to us at length about all the things they have missed – the family birthdays Russell and Carol weren’t present for, their first Christmases without them, and the pain of simply not being able to talk to them about the everyday things happening in their lives,” he said.
“These are two people who are still very much loved and missed by those who knew them; this hasn’t gone away in the past 19 months.”
“I’m really confident that we’re on the right track, we’re looking at a particular theory now which involves a number of persons,” he said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers, call 1800 333 000