ONE MILLION dollars has been offered up for information about a cold-case murder mystery that's plagued a former Armidale family for close to 30 years.
William 'Bill' Roach, just 25 years old, was spotted walking one of the city's streets on New Year's Eve in 1993, before vanishing without a trace.
Police are probing what could possibly have happened to the 25-year-old, and announced on Tuesday they had upped the reward for information ten fold - from $100,000 to $1 million.
A special squad, dubbed Strike Force Annan, was launched in 2004 by New England detectives to investigate the mysterious disappearance and suspected murder of the Armidale man.
Investigations during the decades have failed to solve the mystery of the Armidale man, including police executing a crime scene warrant at a home on the outskirts of Armidale in 2016.
His body has never been found, but a coronial inquest found it was likely Mr Roach had died.
The Leader exclusively interviewed a man originally questioned about the case, Martin Rummery, in 2016, who said he wished he could help give the family closure but couldn't shed any light on what happened.
NSW police minister David Elliot, New England Detective Superintendent Steve Laksa, flanked by Mr Roach's sister Kim Roach, gathered in Sydney on Tuesday morning to announce the reward for information had been increased to $1 million.
A podcast exploring the young man's disappearance has been created, called William Allan Roach, and police said it "turns up new evidence that takes the case in a fresh direction after three decades".
Episodes are onListnr https://bit.ly/37ABLSI.
- Police can be contacted by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000