Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn talks to neighbor about campers disappearance just HOUR before arrest

A pilot arrested over the mysterious disappearance of two elderly campers was caught on camera chatting casually with his neighbor just hours before being taken into custody.

Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55, was arrested Monday night by heavily armed specialist police at a remote site in Arbuckle Junction, a four-hour drive northeast of Melbourne.

He was arrested about 60 miles south of where secret lovers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, went missing in the Wonnangatta Valley in March 2020.

Lynn is believed to have driven into the bush after a fight with his flight attendant wife Melanie.

On Sunday afternoon, surveillance footage showed Lynn welcoming a new resident to his Caroline Springs street in Melbourne’s west.

Greg Lynn (pictured) is an avid camper and posted multiple photos of herself on outdoor getaways. He was arrested Monday night over the mysterious disappearance of two elderly campers

The CCTV video showed the eager outdoorsman in an Akubra-style hat walking up to the neighbor and complimenting his car.

“He said, ‘I like your truck’. I even offered this guy a beer,” the neighbor told Leo 9News.

“He said ‘I’m the new neighbor’ and ‘welcome to the neighborhood’.”

“He looked very relaxed, one of those guys who keeps to himself.”

The pair also discussed nearby security issues during their brief meeting, with: images of Leo point to what appeared to be a CCTV camera that was out of the picture.

Neighbor Leo (pictured) said he was welcomed to Lynn's Caroline Springs Street in west Melbourne a day before the Jetstar pilot's arrest.

Neighbor Leo (pictured) said he was welcomed to Lynn’s Caroline Springs Street in west Melbourne a day before the Jetstar pilot’s arrest.

Lynn, who is still being questioned by detectives about the couple’s disappearance, is said to have lived in Caroline Springs for more than a decade.

His Nissan Patrol four-wheel drive has been seized, but police have yet to locate the man’s trailer.

Detectives believe the silver trailer was sold between March and July last year and are calling on anyone who bought one that matches the description at the time to come forward.

“If they’ve received one or bought one and… they don’t know exactly who they bought it from… there might be something weird going on – if they could contact Crime Stoppers, it would be fantastic’, says Chief Commissioner. Shane Patton told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Thursday.

The CCTV video showed the enthusiastic outdoorsman talking to his neighbor in an Akubra-style hat

The pair discussed security issues in the neighborhood during their brief meeting on Sunday afternoon

The pair discussed security issues in the neighborhood during their brief meeting on Sunday afternoon

Russell Hill (photo)

Carol Clay (photo)

Russell Hill (pictured left) and Carol Clay (pictured right) went missing in March 2020 from a campsite in the high country of Victoria

A mid-1990s Nissan Patrol model (pictured) is at the center of the investigation after it was captured on CCTV near where the pair went missing.  Police are also trying to locate the silver trailer they said was sold between March and July 2020

A mid-1990s Nissan Patrol model (pictured) is at the center of the investigation after it was captured on CCTV near where the pair went missing. Police are also trying to locate the silver trailer they said was sold between March and July 2020

The 4WD (pictured in a police sketch) has roof racks, side steps, all-terrain tires and a bulbar.  The box is 'pretty standard', but is equipped with 'off-road wheels', according to the police

The 4WD (pictured in a police sketch) has roof racks, side steps, all-terrain tires and a bulbar. The box is ‘pretty standard’, but is equipped with ‘off-road wheels’, according to the police

Patton confirmed that the man in custody, a retired check captain at budget airline Jetstar, had previously been spoken to by police before his dramatic arrest.

The Victoria Police chief insisted there was “no urgency” to press charges against him, noting that a person can be held in custody for “a reasonable amount of time” with no fixed limit under the Crimes Act .

Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55 (pictured with wife Melanie), was arrested Monday by heavily armed police during a dramatic operation over the disappearance of Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73

Jetstar pilot Gregory Lynn, 55 (pictured with wife Melanie), was arrested Monday by heavily armed police during a dramatic operation over the disappearance of Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73

“We’re not rushing anything here,” he said.

“This is the most complex investigation I’ve ever been briefed on.”

Despite the arrest, Commissioner Patton said the investigation was “still dependent” on members of the public to provide information.

Though he added that he was sure the mystery about what happened to the campers would be solved.

Lynn has stepped down from his job at the airline and says it will help investigators if needed.

Investigators seized his 4WD after a public call for a late 1990s blue Nissan Patrol, which was caught on CCTV in the area the night Mr. Hill and Mrs. Clay disappeared.

Although the pilot’s Nissan Patrol is the same make and model as the one the police sought and has the same roof rack, it is beige, not blue.

Police are investigating whether he repainted the car.

Google Maps images show a blue Nissan Patrol parked in Mr Lynn’s driveway in 2019.

Another photo taken this year shows an identical 4WD, but colored beige.

Witnesses reported a number of sightings of the vehicle, including near the campground, with police yet to confirm they either tracked down the driver or ruled them out as an interesting person.

On Monday, a 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the disappearance of the missing couple

On Monday, a 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the disappearance of the missing couple

Police believe the couple may have had an altercation with another camper, possibly the driver of the blue 4WD.

It was towing a trailer and was heard making a 20 to 30 point turn on a narrow track the night the pair disappeared.

Mr Hill and Mrs Clay were last overheard in March last year while camping in the Victorian Alps.

Mr Hill left his home in Drouin on March 19 and picked up Mrs Clay from her home in Pakenham in his white Toyota Land Cruiser.

The beige off-roader was taken by police on Monday to a remote campground in East Gippsland, where heavily armed officers attacked the suspect, north of Sale.

The beige off-roader was taken by police on Monday to a remote campground in East Gippsland, where heavily armed officers attacked the suspect, north of Sale.

On March 20, Mr. Hill called on high-frequency radio that he was in Wonnangatta Valley.

During the conversation, he said that he was having problems with the radio transmission.

Ms Clay, former president of the Victorian Country Women’s Association, told friends she was on her way and expected to return home on March 28 or 29.

Investigators were told that the couple camped together on the Wonnangatta River near Wonnangatta’s campground.

Campers found Mr. Hill’s car destroyed by fire on March 21 at their campground near Dry River Creek Track.

The couple has not been seen or heard from since.

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