William “Bill” Roach, who was aged 25 at the time, was last seen on Grafton Road, Armidale, on Friday 31 December 1993. His uncle, Jim Roach had dropped him off in the Armidale tow centre.
Bill Roach resided on a property about 20 km north of Armidale at the time of his disappearance. He was a part-time student at the University of New England. Bill Roach also travelled the New South Wales north coast extensively.
Strike Force Annan was established in 2003 to examine the circumstances surrounding his disappearance. In 2004 police received information from the public indicating Bill Roach was murdered.
Fresh information surrounding his disappearance surfaced earlier this year and police have searched a large property near Armidale. Cadaver dogs were used during the four day search. The police have also indicated they received information two people may be involved in the death of Bill Roach and the disposal of his body.
Martin Rummery and Hamish Sprout are two men being reviewed as people of interest in the case.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant has approved a reward increase of up $100,000 for information leading to the location of Bill Roach. This is an increase of $50,000 from the prior reward.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant said the smallest piece of information could provide clues needed to close the case.
“Mr Roach’s family deserve to know what happened to him. They have waited long enough for answers about his disappearance,” Mr Grant said.
Acting Inspector Stuart Gray, Crime Manager at New England Local Area Command, says he hopes the reward will help solve the case.
“We hope that this increase in the reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring a resolution to this investigation”.
“I’d urge anyone with information, regardless of how insignificant you think it may be, to come forward,” Acting Inspector Gray said.
Investigators from Strike Force Annan have been following a number of lines of inquiry including executing a crime scene warrant at the property on the outskirts of Armidale in late February.
Anyone with any information regarding the disappearance of Bill Roach can contact Armidale Detectives on 02 6771 0699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.