An airline pilot charged with the murders of Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay appeared in court from a Victoria regional police station.
Greg Lynn, 55, faced Sale Magistrates Court for a brief filing hearing on Friday morning, a day after being charged with the couple’s disappearance.
Mr Hill and Ms Clay were last seen camping out in the Victorian Alps on March 20, 2020.
Mr. Hill – an experienced outdoor enthusiast – made a high frequency radio call saying he was in the Wonnangatta Valley.
Mr. Lynn did not ask for a bond during the short hearing.
Police have asked until April 19, 2022 to build their case file against Mr Lynn, who was arrested Monday night at a remote Gippsland campsite.
“The dates are probably extended because this is a fairly substantial investigation,” lawyer Chris McLennan, also appearing by video, told the court.
Victoria’s Deputy Police Commissioner Bob Hill on Thursday evening said the police investigation was ongoing.
“I hope we can locate the deceased and ensure the closure or closure of families,” he said.
He expressed his condolences to the families of the duo, saying that “the last 20 months have been an incredibly difficult time for them”.
Mr Lynn was seen wearing a gray sweater and a white surgical mask on Friday as he appeared by video link from Sale police station, two blocks from the courthouse.
He sat with folded hands on a table in front of him and said nothing during the hearing, which lasted only a few minutes.
Mr Lynn’s wife Melanie also appeared on the video link, with her camera turned off.
Mr McLennan told the court that there was no problem with the management of the custody.
Mr Lynn’s case is due to return to court in Sale on May 31.