Human remains that were discovered in bushland near Dargo, Victoria in November 2021 have now been confirmed to belong to missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
Victoria Police have announced forensic testing had been completed, confirming the remains belong to the missing campers who disappeared over two years ago.
“Victoria Police can confirm that forensic testing on human remains located near Dargo in November 2021 has now been completed,” a police statement read.
“The Coroner has advised Victoria Police that the remains are that of Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
“As the matter is before the court, we will not be providing any further comment.”
Russell Hill and Carol Clay were last heard from on March 20, 2020 when they were camping in the Wonnangatta Valley in Victoria. The couple’s campsite was discovered by other campers on March 21, 2020, near Dry River Creek Track, and had allegedly been destroyed by fire. Hill’s vehicle was also found with signs of minor fire damage.
A 55-year-old Caroline Springs man was later charged with the alleged murders of missing Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay on November 25, 2021. Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad charged the man with two counts of murder after he was questioned for several days by police.
Victoria Police confirmed the arrest to 9 News at the time.
“Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad have arrested a man as part of the investigation into missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay,” police said in a statement.
“The 55-year-old Caroline Springs man was arrested about 5.30pm yesterday and will be interviewed by police this morning.
More to come as the story unfolds.