Wife of missing camper who vanished in Victoria with his lover makes a grim prediction


Wife of missing camper who vanished with his secret lover makes a grim prediction as she opens up about her husband’s final moments and says he will have to ‘face the music’ if he returns after shock affair

  • Russell Hill and Carol Clay vanished from Wonnangatta Valley in March 2020
  • The pair had been in a secret affair for years when they decided to go camping
  • Mr Hill’s wife Robyn was not hopeful the pair would be found alive and well 

The wife of a missing camper who disappeared with his lover over a year ago has made a grim prediction about her husband’s whereabouts. 

Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, vanished while staying in the Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps on March 20 last year. 

The pair had been involved in a secret affair for years when they decided to take the camping trip together. 

Russell Hill (pictured) and Carol Clay mysteriously disappeared during a camping trip in the Wonnangatta Valley in Victoria's East Gippsland region last year

Carol Clay (pictured) went missing on a camping trip with Russell Hill  on March 19 last year

Investigators are still trying to determine how Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, disappeared while camping in the rugged bushland of the Wonnangatta Valley in Victoria’s East Gippsland region on March 19, 2020 

The pair had been involved in a secret affair for years and had gone on the camping trip before their site was found burned to the ground two days later

The pair had been involved in a secret affair for years and had gone on the camping trip before their site was found burned to the ground two days later

Robyn Hill told NCA NewsWire she was a not hopeful that she would see her husband and his secret lover again. 

‘I can’t see how they will come home. He hasn’t spent any money, he hasn’t done anything,’ Ms Hill said.  

‘I just want them found, one way or the other, and then he can face the music if he’s still alive.

‘See, I’m a bit of a sadist. You’ve got to be, otherwise you’d be in a heap.’

Ms Hill said she and her husband have known Ms Clay for more than 50 years. 

Last week investigators returned to the remote area to continue searching for the missing campers. 

The pair went missing in the Wonnangatta Valley, more than 200km north east of Melbourne

The pair went missing in the Wonnangatta Valley, more than 200km north east of Melbourne

Robyn Hill said she was a not hopeful that she would see her husband and his secret lover again. Pictured: Carol Clay

Robyn Hill said she was a not hopeful that she would see her husband and his secret lover again. Pictured: Carol Clay

Detective Acting Inspector Tony Combridge of the Missing Persons Squad said at the time police believed ‘somebody was involved’ in the pair’s baffling disappearance.

They continue to investigate whether the pair met foul play.  

Mr Hill left his home in Drouin, in Victoria’s Gippsland region, on March 19 last year and collected Ms Clay from her home in the southeastern Melbourne suburb of Pakenham in his Toyota Land Cruiser.

They travelled through Licola, spending one night at Howitt High Plains before heading into Wonnangatta Valley and vanishing without a trace. 

Mr Hill was last heard from on March 20 over high frequency radio telling friends he was in Wonnangatta Valley, while Ms Clay had told friends she was heading away and was expecting to return by March 29.

Authorities found the couple’s campsite burnt out near Mr Hill’s car days later, before it was discovered their sleeping bags, phones, and his drone were also missing. 

MISSING CAMPERS THEORIES

SHOT BY HUNTERS

Locals believe the pair may have been shot and killed after Mr Hill’s drone unwittingly caught illegal hunters in the act. Large numbers of deer carcasses were found near the burnt out campsite.

MURDERER STALKING THE AREA

A friend of Mr Hill said hunters in the area has seen a ‘sinister’ figure lurking near their campfire. 

THE ‘BUTTON MAN’

An ‘oddball loner’ expert bushman known as the ‘button man’ for his habit of making buttons out of deer antlers became a person of interest after the disappearance, but there is no evidence he is linked to the disappearance.

KILLED BY UNKNOWN ATTACKERS

Police maintain the campers were killed by unknown attackers 



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