Wonnangatta Couple from Drouin ??

Swaggie

Moderator
softly softly gentlemen, we all know what a snowflake, PC over regulated world we live in:rolleyes:

There is a REPORT button if members are not happy with posts, we get a few from spam to disagreements.:oops:

James provides a fantastic forum for free up until recently when he asked for help in the maintenance costs. Not a bad effort over 10 plus years..

All he expects that members don’t post F’s and C’s on his platform abbreviated or not. It’s simple it’s not hard i don’t think, If anyone thinks there above the forum rules well i reckon this forum isn’t for them ;)
Exploreoz doesn’t appear to accept this behaviour either but others do...

Like life we try and make members happy but sometimes it’s not possible...:):)
 

peterfermtech

Well-Known Member
There is a REPORT button if members are not happy with posts, we get a few from spam to disagreements.:oops:

James provides a fantastic forum for free up until recently when he asked for help in the maintenance costs. Not a bad effort over 10 plus years..

All he expects that members don’t post F’s and C’s on his platform abbreviated or not. It’s simple it’s not hard i don’t think, If anyone thinks there above the forum rules well i reckon this forum isn’t for them ;)
Exploreoz doesn’t appear to accept this behaviour either but others do...

Like life we try and make members happy but sometimes it’s not possible...:):)
OK reported!

I'm pretty sure there was no F's or C's used by anybody. Just an angry response to the insulting comments made in the post that was not deleted. I have no problems with my post being deleted. I made my point to the poster, which was my intention, and I'm sure he read it. I'm just confused with the vetting process.
 

dno67

Well-Known Member
There is a REPORT button if members are not happy with posts, we get a few from spam to disagreements.:oops:

James provides a fantastic forum for free up until recently when he asked for help in the maintenance costs. Not a bad effort over 10 plus years..

All he expects that members don’t post F’s and C’s on his platform abbreviated or not. It’s simple it’s not hard i don’t think, If anyone thinks there above the forum rules well i reckon this forum isn’t for them ;)
Exploreoz doesn’t appear to accept this behaviour either but others do...

Like life we try and make members happy but sometimes it’s not possible...:):)
No chance we're going to see the NT tourism add on the forum then, even a government agency isn't that heavy handed. Iol
I probably just painted a target.
 

SmAsh_6861

Member
Cops have provided another update and refreshed call for information

Investigation into missing Wonnangatta campers continues


Monday, 11 May 2020 12:04
Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad and Wellington Crime Investigation Unit are continuing to appeal for information in relation to missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
It is believed Russell and Carol were camping at Wonnangatta River near the Wonnangatta camping ground.
Despite a number of searches over the past seven weeks, the pair have not been located and have not contacted family or friends.
These searches are expected to resume in the coming weeks depending on the weather.
Russell left his Drouin home on 19 March and planned to visit various campsites along the Dargo River with his route exiting the region at Dargo on 26 March.
He was last heard from on 20 March via HF radio and it has been confirmed he was 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.
Police believe the pair have travelled up through Heyfield and Licola, then into the valley in Russell’s vehicle, a white Toyota Landcruiser.
Campers found Russell’s vehicle with signs of minor fire damage at their campsite near Dry River Creek Track in the Wonnangatta Valley on 21 March.
The examination of the fire scene by arson chemists was inconclusive and police would still like to speak to anyone who saw this fire or the smoke from it.
Police have been told that Russell purchased a DJI Mavic drone before going camping and the drone is still yet to be recovered.

Police continue to hold concerns for the welfare of Russell and Carol due to the amount of time they have been missing and Russell also suffers from a number of medical conditions.
It is still yet to be determined whether their disappearance is suspicious.
Last month police made a public appeal for information from anyone who may have seen Russell or Carol, or who may have captured CCTV dash-cam footage of them in or travelling to the area.
Investigators were also keen to hear from anyone in the amateur radio community who may have had contact with Russell, as he was known to be a keen participant.
Police would like to thank a number of people from this community who came forward and spoke to detectives following this appeal.
Anyone who sights Russell or Carol is urged to contact triple zero (000) immediately.
Anyone with any other information regarding their disappearance or who has any CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log onto www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
 

SmAsh_6861

Member
Doesn’t the drone have gps with an unique code...
It obviously only works when switch on...
I didn't know that. You'd think it'd potentially be able to make some sort of ping?

Also note that they're going to resume the search again soon, they obviously know something we don't, which makes me think more and more there's some suspicious activity/foul play relating to this.
 

Warby

Well-Known Member
Doesn’t the drone have gps with an unique code...
It obviously only works when switch on...
I was under the impression DJI drones had some kind of "find my drone" feature, similar to "Find my iPhone," where you could log on to the DJI server and see where the drone had last been.... I haven't had a DJI drone though, so I could be wrong about that.

Thinking through it though... The drone would have to send the GPS coordinates back to a server, which would have to go via the user's phone since the drone doesn't have any connectivity of it's own. If there was no phone signal or the phone died, this wouldn't be of any use..
 

ipch

Member
The police and relevant authorities have missed out on a valuable resource. Deer stalkers or red necks as described by some on here that know the valley and the surrounds well could have been called in to assist. I belong to a group that hunt Wonnangatta every year and the annual hunt was to be this weekend. Twenty plus hunters could have coordinated there own search and combined with their knowledge may have found something.

Lets face it. IF they are not found by winter,,there's a very good chance they will never be found and their names will go down in history along with the other 5 I can think of that died in there.

I have a fair idea where they could be, and that's the area we hunt.
 

Swaggie

Moderator
I didn't know that. You'd think it'd potentially be able to make some sort of ping?

Also note that they're going to resume the search again soon, they obviously know something we don't, which makes me think more and more there's some suspicious activity/foul play relating to this.
I was under the impression DJI drones had some kind of "find my drone" feature, similar to "Find my iPhone," where you could log on to the DJI server and see where the drone had last been.... I haven't had a DJI drone though, so I could be wrong about that.

Thinking through it though... The drone would have to send the GPS coordinates back to a server, which would have to go via the user's phone since the drone doesn't have any connectivity of it's own. If there was no phone signal or the phone died, this wouldn't be of any use..
I’d think so Fellas, even if he didn’t set up a DJI page (he was obviously fastidious (HF radio etc) so makes me think he would of, surely the detectives would have looked at this avenue?????
 

Warby

Well-Known Member
I was under the impression DJI drones had some kind of "find my drone" feature, similar to "Find my iPhone," where you could log on to the DJI server and see where the drone had last been.... I haven't had a DJI drone though, so I could be wrong about that.

Thinking through it though... The drone would have to send the GPS coordinates back to a server, which would have to go via the user's phone since the drone doesn't have any connectivity of it's own. If there was no phone signal or the phone died, this wouldn't be of any use..
I’d think so Fellas, even if he didn’t set up a DJI page (he was obviously fastidious (HF radio etc) so makes me think he would of, surely the detectives would have looked at this avenue?????
Oh yeah, I definitely don't think we're going to be kicking over any rocks in here that the cops haven't already... Purely conversation / thinking out loud here :)
 

SmAsh_6861

Member
Anyone been up that way since the reopening? Interested to see if there's a police presence or similar in the valley now with the tracks and country being opened...
 

boobook

Well-Known Member
Don't forget you still can't camp overnight. It would be a very rushed trip without an overnight stay anywhere. Even if you lived fairly locally.
 
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