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Australian airline pilot charged with murdering 2 campers in their 70s who went missing last year

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  • An Australian airplane pilot was arrested Monday for the murder of two elderly campers. 
  • Greg Lynn was charged with the murder of Russell and Carol Clay, who went missing in March 2020. 
  • Lynn was suspended from his job at Australian budget airline Jetstar, the BBC said.
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A commercial airline pilot was charged with the murder of two elderly Australian campers who went missing on a camping trip in March 2020, police said.

Greg Lynn, a 55-year-old pilot for Australian budget airline Jetstar, was arrested at a campsite in Victoria on Monday, Victoria Police said in a press release.

He was charged for the murders of Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73. The couple disappeared after they went on a camping trip in the Wonnangatta Valley in March 2020, the BBC reported. 

At the time of his arrest, Lynn was at a campsite some 54 kilometres from where the Clays were last seen more than 18 months ago, the BBC reported.

Clay and Hill were last heard from when they use a high-frequency radio to tell a friend they were setting up camp, according to the BBC. The following day, passers-by found their campsite destroyed by fire, the outlet said.

No bodies were found. But, according to the Guardian, police recently identified an area to search. It did not specify where it was.

The newspaper cited Victoria police assistant commissioner Bob Hill saying Thursday that he hoped to find remains of the Clays there.

The BBC said that Lynn was "stood down" from his job at Jetstar. The Australian employment term "stood down" amounts to being suspended without pay. Insider contacted Jetstar for comment.

Lynn appeared at the magistrate's court in Sale, Victoria, for a procedural hearing on Friday, Australia's 7News network reported. The network said he appeared by video link from the police station

His next court date was set for May 2022, the Guardian said, until which time he is due to stay in custody.

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