FINDING a distinctive yellow ute is key to solving the cold-case murder of a Bingara man, police believe.
On Thursday, New England detectives will make a fresh appeal for help and release photos of the exact ute they are trying to track down in the hunt for who was behind the 2010 killing of Darren Willis.
Mr Willis, also known as ‘Spaz’, disappeared after leaving the Imperial Hotel on Maitland Street on the night of December 10, 2010.
His body has never been found but a breakthrough in the case in 2018 turned the long-term missing person report into a murder cold case – prompting a $350,000 reward for any information that leads police to his killers.
Strike Force Barca was formed by New England detectives to investigate Mr Willis’ disappearance and they believe the 45-year-old met with foul play after leaving the hotel.
Already detectives have identified “persons of interest”.
In July, senior officers confirmed a yellow ute is at the centre of the murder probe with detectives suspecting it was used to dispose of Mr Willis’ body.
Investigators have already made a public appeal to find anyone who saw a yellow utility in the Bingara area between 2010 and 2011.
In late-May, as part of the murder probe, specialist officers and divers combed the river and its banks in the Eaglehawk Reserve, or Four Mile area, as its known to locals on the outskirts of Bingara.
Anyone with information on Mr Willis’ disappearance is urged to contact detectives at Moree Police Station on 6757 0799.