Nine-year search for missing truck driver ends

Farm worker finds the remains of a truck driver who went missing in 2003

November 1, 2012

A nine-year search for a truck driver who disappeared in New South Wales has ended after his remains were found.

Queensland truck driver James Douglas Whyte was 31 years old when he went missing on Collymongle Station at Collarenebri in November 2003.

At the time an extensive search was conducted but was unable to locate Whyte. Strike Force Tanunda was formed to investigate his disappearance.

Inquiries continued and in September last year a farm worker discovered human remains on Collymongle Station. The remains underwent DNA testing which positively identified them as being Whyte’s.

However, a coronial hearing found the manner and cause of death remained unknown.

"Unfortunately we will just never know exactly what happened to James," NSW Police Inspector Tony Mureau says.

"This has been a long running investigation and I would like to acknowledge the patience and understanding of James’s parents along with the considerable work by Detective Sergeant Russell Pitt who led the initial investigation."

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