Con­cerns held for dad of miss­ing boy three years af­ter dis­ap­pear­ance

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

THE fa­ther of ab­ducted NSW child William Tyrrell has been re­vealed as for­mer pri­son in­mate Brendan Collins who goes by the nick­name “Bones”.

Mr Collins’ fam­ily are con­cerned about his well­be­ing fol­low­ing his re­lease ear­lier this year from pri­son on drugs charges and as the third an­niver­sary of William’s dis­ap­pear­ance was marked.

He can be pub­licly iden­ti­fied as William’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther af­ter a High Court or­der ruled de­tails of William’s com­pli­cated fam­ily his­tory could be pub­lished.

The fact he was in foster care when he was ab­ducted on Septem­ber 12, 2014, has been known by me­dia since early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find him, but for most Aus­tralians it came as a shock when it was fi­nally re­vealed last month.

William was play­ing in his foster grand­mother’s gar­den at Ken­dall on Septem­ber 12, 2014, when he dis­ap­peared.

Sources close to “Bones” Collins said he was a griev­ing fa­ther and loved the lit­tle boy, de­spite William be­ing placed in foster care by the state.

Last month it was re­vealed William’s bi­o­log­i­cal mother was Kar­lie Tyrrell.

Mean­while, the foster par­ents of lit­tle William have re­leased a state­ment be­fore the third an­niver­sary of his dis­ap­pear­ance. “Where are you William? “Where are you our pre­cious lit­tle boy?

“Tues­day marked the third an­niver­sary of your ab­duc­tion and three tragic years of un­speak­able heart­break and end­less tears.”

From this week, the Where’s William Cam­paign will be rolling out a dig­i­tal ad cam­paign fea­tur­ing the $1 mil­lion re­ward on bill­boards, in shop­ping cen­tres and on screens in cafes and of­fices around Aus­tralia.

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