Yellow ute may hold answers in case of Bingara man's death
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 4:06PM
Warialda Standard

The investigation into the murder of Bingara man Darren ‘Spaz’ Willis continues, with investigators making progress since search efforts ramped up in recent weeks.

Strike Force Barca Investigators have received a lot of valuable information from the community regarding the suspected murder of Bingara man Darren 'Spaz' Willis. This information supports the belief that Mr Willis met with foul play and has assisted to identify a number of persons of interest. Police have also revealed that a yellow ute may have had some connection.

“These persons are the focus of current enquiries as investigators believe they participated in, or they possess knowledge of what occurred to Mr Willis,” New England Crime Manager Ann Joy said in a statement yesterday. “Local detectives and the Bingara community are heavily invested in resolving the circumstances of his disappearance.”

On June 26, Crime Manager Ann Joy announced in Bingara that a search was commencing that morning, at the Eaglehawk Reserve, just outside of the township. The search effort involved officers from the marine command diving unit, some personnel operational support group specialists in land search techniques, and local district staff. The team present conducted a search of the waterways and the riverbanks, which wrapped up later the same day.

With Tuesday’s announcement that police are focusing on certain individuals, it is a timely reminder that any persons with knowledge of what happened to Mr Willis, whether directly or via any disclosure made to you, must come forward as withholding that information from police is a serious criminal offence.  

New England Detectives with the assistance of specialist investigators continue to narrow the focus on persons of interest and the ongoing assistance received from the public has been a welcome development.

Investigators are particularly interested to hear from any person with knowledge of a yellow utility vehicle in Bingara between late 2010 and early 2011 and its connection to the disappearance of Mr Willis. Any persons with knowledge of this vehicle or Mr Willis are encouraged to contact Moree Detectives or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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