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Remains belong to missing truck driver

Another petrol station on Youngman St was robbed last night.
Another petrol station on Youngman St was robbed last night. Trevor Veale

POLICE from Castlereagh Local Area Command have closed their investigation into the disappearance of a Queensland truck driver who went missing nine years ago.

James Douglas Whyte was 31-years-old when he went missing on Collymongle Station (NSW) at Collarenebri in November 2003.

At the time an extensive search was conducted but was unable to locate Mr 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.

These remains underwent DNA testing which positively identified them as being Mr Whyte.

During a Coronial Inquest yesterday, Deputy State Coroner Freund found the remains were those of Mr Whyte however the manner and cause of death remained unknown.

Castlereagh Local Area Command Crime Manager, Inspector Tony Mureau said police may neer know what happened.

"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 lead the initial investigation.

"Unfortunately we will just never know exactly what happened to James," Insp Mureau said.

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