A pilot arrested over the mysterious disappearance of two aged campers was filmed on CCTV casually chatting along with his neighbour simply hours earlier than being taken into custody.
Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55, was arrested on Monday night time by heavily-armed specialist police at a distant campsite in Arbuckle Junction, a four-hour drive north-east of Melbourne.
He was arrested about 100km south from the place secret lovers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, went lacking within the Wonnangatta Valley in March 2020.
Lynn is known to have pushed into the bush after a combat along with his flight attendant spouse Melanie.
On Sunday afternoon, surveillance footage confirmed Lynn welcoming a brand new resident to his Caroline Springs avenue in Melbourne’s west.
Greg Lynn (pictured) is an avid camper and posted a number of footage of himself on out of doors getaways. He was arrested on Monday night time over the mysterious disappearance of two aged campers
The CCTV video confirmed the avid outdoorsman in an Akubra-style hat strolling in direction of the neighbour and giving a praise about his automotive.
‘He stated “I like your truck”. I even provided this bloke a beer,’ the neighbour Leo advised 9News.
‘He stated ‘I’m the brand new neighbour” and “welcome to the neighbourhood”.’
‘He regarded very laid again, a type of blokes who retains to himself.’
The pair additionally mentioned neighbourhood questions of safety throughout their temporary encounter, with footage exhibiting Leo level at what seemed to be a CCTV digital camera out of shot.
Neighbour Leo (pictured) stated he was welcomed to Lynn’s Caroline Springs avenue in Melbourne’s west a day earlier than the Jetstar pilot’s arrest
Lynn, who remains to be being questioned by detectives over the couple’s disappearance, is believed to have lived in Caroline Springs for greater than a decade.
His Nissan Patrol four-wheel-drive has been seized however police are but to trace down the person’s trailer.
Detectives imagine the silver-coloured trailer was offered final 12 months between March and July and have issued an attraction to anybody who purchased one at the moment matching the outline to come back ahead.
‘In the event that they’ve acquired one or bought one and… they don’t completely know who they bought it from… there is perhaps one thing suss about it – if they may contact Crime Stoppers that will be implausible,’ Chief Commissioner Shane Patton advised Melbourne radio station 3AW on Thursday.
The pair mentioned neighbourhood questions of safety throughout their temporary encounter on Sunday afternoon
Russell Hill (pictured left) and Carol Clay (pictured proper) went lacking from a campsite in Victoria’s excessive nation in March 2020
A mid-Nineties mannequin Nissan Patrol (pictured) is central to the investigation after being captured on CCTV close to the place the couple went lacking. Police are additionally making an attempt to find the silver trailer which they stated was offered between March and July 2020
The 4WD (pictured in a police sketch) has roof racks, aspect steps, off-road tyres and a bulbar. The field trailer is ‘pretty normal’ however has been fitted with ‘off-road wheels’, police stated
Mr Patton confirmed the person in custody, a stood-down test captain with finances airline Jetstar, was spoken to by police beforehand earlier than his dramatic arrest.
The Victoria Police boss confused there was ‘no urgency’ to put prices towards him, noting an individual might be held in custody for ‘an affordable time’ with no set restrict underneath the Crimes Act.
Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55 (pictured with spouse Melanie), was arrested by closely armed police in a dramatic operation on Monday over the disappearance of Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73
‘We’re not dashing into something right here,’ he stated.
‘That is essentially the most advanced investigation I’ve ever been briefed on.’
Regardless of the arrest, Commissioner Patton stated the investigation was ‘nonetheless reliant’ on members of the general public to offer info.
Although he added he was assured the thriller over what occurred to the campers could be solved.
Lynn has been stood down from his job with the airline saying it’s going to help investigators if wanted.
Investigators seized his 4WD following a public attraction for a blue late 90s Nissan Patrol, which was captured on CCTV within the space the night time Mr Hill and Ms Clay vanished.
Though the pilot’s Nissan Patrol is identical make and mannequin because the one police had been searching for and has the identical roof rack – it’s beige, not blue.
Police are investigating whether or not he repainted the automotive.
Google Maps pictures present, in 2019, there was a blue Nissan Patrol parked in Mr Lynn’s driveway.
One other picture taken this 12 months reveals an equivalent 4WD however colored beige.
Witnesses reported a variety of sightings of the automobile, together with close to the campsite, with police but to substantiate they’ve tracked down the motive force or excluded them as an individual of curiosity.
A 55-year-old man suspected of involvement within the disappearance of the lacking couple was arrested on Monday
Police imagine the pair could have had an altercation with one other camper, probably the motive force of the blue 4WD.
It was towing a trailer and was heard performing a 20 to 30-point activate a slim observe the night time the pair vanished.
Mr Hill and Ms Clay had been final heard from in March final 12 months whereas tenting within the Victorian Alps.
Mr Hill left his Drouin house on March 19 and picked up Ms Clay from her house in Pakenham in his white Toyota Land Cruiser.
The beige off-roader was taken by police on Monday at a distant campsite in East Gippsland the place closely armed officers swooped on the suspect, north of Sale
On March 20, Mr Hill made a name through high-frequency radio saying he was at Wonnangatta Valley.
In the course of the name, he stated he was having radio transmission points.
Ms Clay, a former Victorian Nation Girls’s Affiliation president, advised associates she was heading away and anticipated to return house on March 28 or 29.
Investigators had been advised the couple had been tenting collectively at Wonnangatta River close to the Wonnangatta tenting floor.
Campers discovered Mr Hill’s automotive destroyed by hearth at their campsite close to Dry River Creek Monitor on March 21.
The pair haven’t been seen or heard from since.