Mystery of missing married camper and his female friend deepens

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barnsey062

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Mystery of missing married camper and his female friend deepens in a case that's baffled the man's wife and police - who aren't ruling out foul play

Specialist missing persons investigators are probing the mysterious disappearance of two elderly campers who went missing in rugged bushland last month.
Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, went camping in the remote Wonnangatta Valley in Victoria's Gippsland region on March 19 and have not been heard from since.

Their campsite was discovered burned out, but arson investigations suggest the fire was not deliberately lit.

It's suspected the blaze may have been started by a mobile phone charger that overheated inside a tent.

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Bigfish1

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Any one have any updates on this mystery? I haven't seen any news one way or the other on their disappearance..
 

Bigfish1

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Dont go anywhere off grid without a PLB!
Probably wouldnt help if you were attacked. Must be a real he-man to attack to aged people (if thats what happened). Your right about the PLB though...necessary piece of equipment when heading bush or to less frequented areas.
 

Triton14

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Haha, old story and no credibility as it is from the Daily Mail
Plenty of other sources on the net all with the same answer, they have no real idea!!

I chose that one because it was the latest, the nearest other timeline was like July.
 

CTL

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Plenty of other sources on the net all with the same answer, they have no real idea!!

I chose that one because it was the latest, the nearest other timeline was like July.
I agree, nobody, including police, have any idea what has really happened, only speculation.
But only the ridiculously, sensational, false news from the Daily Mail could come up with that theory in their article.
 

Skurfer

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My realistic theory
Old mate flew his drone, crashed/got it stuck somewhere (as an owner of one you can get them quite far away from you quite quickly), both went for a walk to find it, old mate got injured/fell down something, old biddy got injured/fell down something trying to help him (or the other way around), couldn't make it back to camp and cold nights finished them off. Camp had a small fire unconnected to what has happened to them and as no one was there to put it out it burned everything down.

Covid/remoteness/winter access hampered the initial search and search numbers. I would not be surprised if their bodies are found over summer within a KM or two of their camp now the HC is opened back up and people can travel. Will be a few groups that go for a look around for them for something to do.

Sort of like that young couple that perished after rolling their 4wd off that track not too long ago, surviving initially but being found a while later trapped in having died from exposure/injuries.
 

CTL

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My realistic theory
Old mate flew his drone, crashed/got it stuck somewhere (as an owner of one you can get them quite far away from you quite quickly), both went for a walk to find it, old mate got injured/fell down something, old biddy got injured/fell down something trying to help him (or the other way around), couldn't make it back to camp and cold nights finished them off. Camp had a small fire unconnected to what has happened to them and as no one was there to put it out it burned everything down.

Covid/remoteness/winter access hampered the initial search and search numbers. I would not be surprised if their bodies are found over summer within a KM or two of their camp now the HC is opened back up and people can travel. Will be a few groups that go for a look around for them for something to do.

Sort of like that young couple that perished after rolling their 4wd off that track not too long ago, surviving initially but being found a while later trapped in having died from exposure/injuries.
Yep, pretty much the same theory that others have offered in the 13 pages of discussion in the original thread
 

Skurfer

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About the only thing that really makes sense. The Button Man thing is so far fetched that they may as well just say it was aliens.
 

Triton14

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These days anything is possible.

Maybe due to the affair situation they could have decided to drop off the planet to live a happy life together elsewhere without having to put up with input or criticism from familty on all sides??

Would they put family through that? People have done it & still do it!

Did they go searching for a downed drone & got lost & died?
Its possible but I know I wont go anywhere without my GPS & PLB in hand, its way to easy to get turned around in the bush & not know where you are or came from & if this guy was experienced then you would think he would know that.

Was there foul play?
Well the police these days are pretty smart with forensics

Still these days with facial recognition tech its getting pretty hard to hide unless you truely stay off grid & again thats not hard to do in regional areas.
If they showed up in any kind of city with FR in play then you would think alarm bells would ring.
 

CTL

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Still these days with facial recognition tech its getting pretty hard to hide unless you truely stay off grid & again thats not hard to do in regional areas.
If they showed up in any kind of city with FR in play then you would think alarm bells would ring.
Which city/cities in Australia have FR? Genuine question as this sort of tech interests me.
 

Triton14

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Which city/cities in Australia have FR? Genuine question as this sort of tech interests me.
To be honest I only know what I have read on various sites but it ever evolving & I think there are still issues around the privacy act yet it has apparently been implemented in private sector in 7 eleven stores & possibly in public sector in Perth.

If its not already being used by state police, state & federal governments it wont be far away imo, pretty much replacing anwhere CCTV is used in public places, airports, train stations, CBD's etc.



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It is certainly being used in the USA & the UK & probably elsewhere.
 
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Chatty

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To be honest I only know what I have read on various sites but it ever evolving & I think there are still issues around the privacy act yet it has apparently been implemented in private sector in 7 eleven stores & possibly in public sector in Perth.

If its not already being used by state police, state & federal governments it wont be far away imo, pretty much replacing anwhere CCTV is used in public places, airports, train stations, CBD's etc.



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It is certainly being used in the USA & the UK & probably elsewhere.
Interestingly, Westfield have deployed FR cameras on their advertising billboards that will tailor the message on the boards to suit the audience present at the time. At the moment it is (supposedly) looking at large-scale demographics - male/female, older/younger and so on. But how long before you see a message reminding you that it's been a month since you last bought a magazine (or whatever)?
 
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