Police search for Russell Hill and Carol Clay continues

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay as the search in the Wonnangatta area continues today.

It is believed Russell and Carol, both aged in their 70s were camping at Wonnangatta River near the Wonnangatta camping ground this week.

Russell was last heard from on 20 March via HF radio where he advised he was having radio transmission issues.

Russell was confirmed to be at Wonnangatta Station in the Victorian Alps when he made the call.

Carol told friends she was heading away and was expecting to return home on 28 or 29 March.

The search will continue today at the Wonnangatta camping ground where Russell’s car was located on 27 March.

Local police, Police Air Wing, Dog Squad and Search and Rescue are being assisted by SES, Parks Victoria and the Mounted Cattleman’s Association of Victoria.

Russell left his Drouin home on a touring trip on 19 March and planned to visit various campsites along the Dargo River with his route exiting the region at Dargo on 26 March.

Investigators have released images of Russell and Carol and a car similar to Russell’s in the hope someone may have seen them and can provide information regarding their whereabouts.

It is not known what either of them are wearing and it is out of character for Russell not to make contact via the radio.

Police hold concerns for the welfare of Russell and Carol due to the amount of time they have been missing and Russell suffers from medical conditions.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Sale Police Station on 03 5142 2200.

Senior Constable Melissa Seach

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