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Yellow Ute May Hold Clue To Suspected Homicide Of Darren Royce Willis

Police are hoping a yellow ute will hold the key to the mysterious disappearance of a man almost a decade ago.

Darren Royce Willis was last seen leaving the Imperial Hotel in Bingara, in the New England region of NSW, on Friday 10 December 2010.

The case was treated as a disappearance for years, but in early 2018 new information led to the case being treated as a homicide.

Detectives from Strike Force Barca now believe a 1980 model XD Ford Falcon ute may hold the clue to this cold case.

The ute may be interstate, possibly in Queensland, police say. Photo: NSW Police.

Investigators have established that the ute is now unregistered and may be interstate, possibly in Queensland.

"We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has information about this yellow utility in Bingara between 2010 and 2011 and its connection to Mr Willis' disappearance," Detective Chief Inspector Ann Joy said on Thursday.

"The vehicle has a V8 Chevrolet motor and is the type of vehicle that would undoubtedly spark the interest of a car enthusiast."

Darren Royce Willis hasn't been seen since late 2010. Photo: NSW Police.

A $350,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Willis's disappearance or death was announced by police minister Troy Grant last year.

Information about the yellow ute was a direct result of last year's media appeal, police said.

Police would like to speak to two men who purchased the ute in 2011. Photo: NSW Police.

Willis' disappearance was long-treated as a missing person case until last year when officers began to suspect foul play.

A line search of the Eagle Hawk reserve near town, as well as a search of local waterways, did not find a body.

Anyone with information about the yellow ute or Willis' death or disappearance is being urged to make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers.

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