Shock discovery uncovered in accused killer’s cache of weapons after the ex-Jetstar pilot allegedly shot two elderly campers on a secret romantic getaway
- ‘Possible’ blood samples were allegedly found on weapons
- The knives were allegedly found at ex-pilot Gregory Lynn’s home
- He is accused of murdering campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay
‘Possible’ bloody residue was allegedly discovered among a cache of weapons seized from the home of the accused high country killer, a forensics officer has alleged.
Dozens of weapons, including knives, firearms, swords and a pickaxe, were seized from the Caroline Springs home of Gregory Lynn, 56, on November 22, 2021, police documents tendered to Melbourne court revealed.
The raid occurred just hours after the former airline pilot was arrested, camping near Arbuckle in Victoria’s northeast, over the alleged murders of missing campers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73.
Gregory Lynn (court sketch) appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this week for the alleged murder of Russell Hill and Carol Clay nearly three years ago
Mr Lynn has denied murdering the pair in March 2020, and lawyer Dermot Dann KC said the allegations against his client are ‘heavily in dispute’.
Weapons allegedly seized from Mr Lynn’s home include a semiautomatic pistol, two Ruger revolvers, a Winchester semiautomatic rifle, two 12-gauge shotguns, two lever-action rifles, 23 knives, two swords, two hatchets, a pickaxe and ‘numerous’ metal cases of ammunition.
Mr Lynn, an avid camper and hunter, is alleged to have competed and been accepted as a member at the Little River Raiders Single Action Club just days before Mr Hill and Ms Clay vanished.
In a signed statement provided to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, forensic officer Mark Gellatly said the weapons were analysed for biological material.
He told the court ‘possible’ blood residue was allegedly detected on five knives and a hatchet, but this could not be verified.
‘Further testing could not confirm the presence of blood in these samples, they were not examined further,’ he said.
Mr Lynn’s employment with Jetstar was terminated after he was charged over the alleged murder (pictured, Mr Lynn)
Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, forensic officer Mark Gellatly told the court ‘possible’ blood residue was allegedly detected on five knives and a hatchet, but this could not be verified (pictured, a stock image)
Mr Lynn faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this week for a committal hearing which will decide if there’s sufficient evidence for him to stand trial in the Supreme Court.
In Mr Gellatly’s statement, he wrote he had been told investigators were working on a theory that the childhood sweethearts were allegedly killed after Mr Lynn became ‘annoyed’ by Mr Hill’s drone.
They had travelled to the Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps on March 19, 2020, to enjoy the ‘solace of camping’ and spend time together, according to a summary of the case against Mr Lynn.
In Mr Gellatly’s statement he wrote he had been told investigators were working on a theory that the childhood sweethearts were allegedly killed after Mr Lynn became ‘annoyed’ by Mr Hill’s drone (pictured, a drone similar to the one used by Russell Hill – the drone he was reported to have been using has never been found’)
Witnesses, giving evidence to the court, said they saw the pair arrive at Bucks Camp in the early afternoon.
Robert Williams, a contractor spraying blackberries at the time for Parks Victoria, said he ‘definitely’ saw the pair arrive in the valley and described Mr Hill as a ‘grumpy old bugger’ who was ‘in a hurry to get to his camp’.
Police will allege Mr Lynn was already present at the campsite, having arrived the previous morning.
The case against the former pilot alleges a confrontation with the campers on the evening of March 20 led him to kill Mr Hill and Ms Clay with ‘murderous intent’.
The case against Mr Lynn alleges he set fire to Mr Hill (pictured, right) and Ms Clay’s (pictured, left) camp to destroy evidence before loading their bodies into the trailer of his car
Mr Hill and Ms Clay were allegedly murdered at their campsite in the Wonnangatta Valley (pictured, drone footage of the area)
Mr Gellatly said police informed him they were investigating if Mr Lynn had become ‘annoyed’ with Mr Hill’s drone in the lead up to the alleged murder.
He said he was told Mr Hill and Mr Lynn allegedly ‘wrestled’ over a shotgun, leading the weapon to accidentally discharge a hit Ms Clay in the head.
The pair allegedly continued to fight until Mr Hill was fatally stabbed.
Before the court, crown prosecutor John Dickie said this account ‘might not actually reflect’ how police intend to put the case against Mr Lynn.
Mr Williams, who was camping in the area after work, told the court he allegedly observed a drone flying around the valley around 4.30pm on March 19.
The case against the former pilot alleges a confrontation with the campers on the evening of March 20 led him to kill Mr Hill and Ms Clay with ‘murderous intent’ (pictured, the burnt out campsite of the couple)
‘I could just hear this strange noise, I looked up and could see this drone coming up the river,’ he said.
‘It was filming me, not a problem, I waved to it. It went over the other campsites I noticed.’
Under questioning by Mr Lynn’s lawyer, Dermot Dann KC, Mr Williams conceded he thought it was ‘rude’, saying people went to the area for a ‘peaceful camp’.
He did not know who was piloting the drone.
Mr Williams said he watched the drone for about 35 or 40 minutes flying around other campsites before disappearing.
He said it appeared to have come from the direction of Bucks Camp.
The case against Mr Lynn alleges he set fire to Mr Hill and Ms Clay’s camp to destroy evidence before loading their bodies into the trailer of his car.
Police will allege Mr Lynn returned to the area in May and November 2020 where he is accused of trying to ‘destroy’ the couple’s remains by setting them on fire (pictured, the burnt out remains of the couple’s camping area. Remains of the pair were found buried near Dargo – about 40km from the campsite)
He allegedly dumped them in bushland and ‘likely’ discarded Mr Hill’s drone, car keys and the couples’ mobile phone.
‘To date, none of these items have been recovered,’ the case summary alleges.
Mr Lynn’s vehicle, a dark blue Nissan Patrol, was allegedly caught by an automatic number plate recognition camera leaving the National Park about 9.45am on March 21.
Police will allege he returned to the area in May and November 2020 where he is accused of trying to ‘destroy’ the couple’s remains by setting them on fire.
Remains of the pair were found buried near Dargo – about 40km from the campsite – in November 2021.
The former pilot has denied killing Mr Hill and Ms Clay and his response to the charges has never been aired in public.
The committal hearing will hear evidence from three witnesses on March 23.
Remains of the pair were found buried near Dargo – about 40km from the campsite – in November 2021 (pictured, Victoria Police and forensics scouring for the remains of the missing campers in bushland north of Dargo)