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Missing's Family Speak

Missing's Family Speak

Statements have been released by the Hill and Clay families.

The Families of missing Russell Hill of Drouin, and Carol Clay of Packenham, have spoken out, as the search takes on a new focus today.

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Police are investigating whether a drone, believed to have belonged to Mr. Hill, crashed in thick bush causing the 74 year old to go searching for it in the lead up to the pair's disappearance.

The pair went missing after going camping in the Wonnangatta Valley last month.

A family spokesperson on behalf of Mr. Hill:

We are deeply saddened that Russell and Carol have been missing for one month now. Russell is our brother, husband, dad and pa and Carol has been a friend of the family for a long time. The police, SES and volunteers have searched extensively, and we thank them wholeheartedly. It is devastating for our family that we don’t know what has happened to them both. We are pleading for anyone who has any information to please come forward.

A family spokesperson on behalf of Ms. Clay:

Carol Clay and Russell Hill have been missing in the Wonnongatta Valley area in Victoria since 20 March, 2020.

Carol’s family is very shocked and worried by their disappearance and ask for information from the community.

We appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the same time who may have seen Carol and Russell, their campsite or vehicle. Anyone who has any knowledge at all of their whereabouts could they please contact the police.

Their disappearance is very out of character as they were well prepared and travelling in country which was well known to Russell Hill.

This is a very difficult time for our family. We are living with uncertainty, loss and the continual stress of not knowing where they are and what has happened.

At this time we ask that our privacy be fully respected while we deal as a family with the ongoing process of supporting each other, dealing with the issues this raises and helping the police.

We would also very much like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks and gratitude to the many people who have taken part in the search in difficult terrain and those who are continuing to work hard to solve what is at this stage an absolute mystery.

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