THREE YEAR CASE
Concerns held for dad of missing boy three years after disappearance
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.