Greg Lynn, 55, was charged yesterday with two counts of murder after being questioned by police at Salé Police Station in the East. Gippsland Since his arrest on Monday.
In a statement, Mr. Lin’s family expressed their dismay over the case, while acknowledging the suffering of camp families.
“It has been heartbreaking for our family and the families of the deceased and we are also completely shocked by these tragic events,” they said.
“We need to deal with legal proceedings as they arise and try to restore some balance in our lives.
We also acknowledge the suffering of the Clay and Hill families at this difficult time.”
The family said they understood the media was interested in the proceedings but asked for privacy.
The Jetstar pilot looked calm as he faced the magistrates of Sale via video link this morning.
He wore a mask and held his hands together, taking off his mask occasionally to take a sip of water.
His wife Melanie Lynn also tuned the volume remotely.
He did not apply for bail and will remain in custody until May 31, 2022.
Mr Lin was taken from court in a prison truck, which arrived at Melbourne Remand Center this afternoon.
Ms Clay, 73, and Hill, 74, disappeared while camping in Wonangata Valley on March 20 last year.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill said police had not yet found the missing husband’s remains.
He said police have identified a specific area of interest in the Greater Alpine region in the search for the remains, and that police hope to find them.
“Our efforts to locate the remains of Russell and Carol will continue,” he said.
“While this arrest is a testament to months of dedication and hard work by investigators… it is far from over.
“The police hope we can locate the deceased and close the families.”
Forensic specialists will begin searching through the bush in the coming days.
Assistant Commissioner Hill said investigators had confirmed the couple were dead by mid-2020.
The police also made it clear that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.
However, they are looking for a silver-blue metal trailer, which they say Mr. Lin was towing around around the time the camp vanished.
“We believe the trailer was sold on Gummetry,” Assistant Commissioner Hill said.