New hope in the search for WIL­LIAM TYRRELL

Could the fam­ily of the tod­dler who van­ished with­out a trace three years ago fi­nally get an­swers?

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Making News -

With NSW’S big­gest ever re­ward still on of­fer and a com­pelling new twist in the marathon in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find three-year-old Wil­liam Tyrrell, his foster par­ents have shared an emo­tional plea to find their beau­ti­ful lit­tle boy.

“Where are you Wil­liam? Where are you our pre­cious lit­tle boy? To­mor­row will mark the third an­niver­sary of your ab­duc­tion and three tragic years of un­speak­able heart­break and end­less tears.

“To­mor­row will mark three years with­out you, three years of not know­ing where you are, three years of keep­ing hope in our hearts that with ev­ery new to­mor­row will come the day you’ll be found.”

The cou­ple, who in­sist on anonymity to pro­tect Wil­liam’s three sib­lings, say they will “never stop” looking for Wil­liam.

Po­lice last week also reaf­firmed their “de­ter­mi­na­tion” to find the boy who will be for­ever re­mem­bered dressed in his beloved Spi­der-man cos­tume – as well as the $1 mil­lion re­ward for his safe re­turn or re­cov­ery.

“Our team is mind­ful of the un­re­solved grief Wil­liam’s fam­ily is feel­ing at the mo­ment, and as in­ves­ti­ga­tors we are seek­ing to pro­vide an­swers above all else,” says lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Gary Jube­lin.

“The last 12 months hasn’t been any eas­ier than pre­vi­ous years – we are frus­trated that after three years we are not where we want to be.


“Dur­ing this time, we have sub­stan­tially re­duced our list of po­ten­tial per­sons of in­ter­est.

“How­ever, this is a dy­namic in­ves­ti­ga­tion – just as we will ex­haust a line of in­quiry, we will add new per­sons of in­ter­est when they come into our sights.”

“We are in­ter­ested in speak­ing to people who sus­pect some­one they know may have in­for­ma­tion specif­i­cally re­lated to his dis­ap­pear­ance.

“We’re looking for people with con­cerns about people

they know, their fam­ily, whose re­ac­tion when Wil­liam’s name is men­tioned causes sus­pi­cion.

“I have ruled out the foster care par­ents and have ruled out the bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents as be­ing in­volved in this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We are not in­ter­ested in sight­ings of a child… in a Spi­der-man suit play­ing in the Mcdon­ald’s car park... or in­for­ma­tion from clair­voy­ants or people that have dreams.”

Wil­liam – whose case will be high­lighted in a new digital ad cam­paign this week – was play­ing in the gar­den of his foster grand­mother’s house in Ken­dall on the NSW North Coast when he van­ished on September 12, 2014.

She has since sold the house and moved away, but a new twist has led in­ves­ti­ga­tors back to the scene. Po­lice ini­tially fo­cused on ve­hi­cles spot­ted in the cul-de-sac where the house is lo­cated, but the Walk4william ad­vo­cate group say a new line of en­quiry has opened up – that a back track could have been used as an es­cape route by the ab­duc­tor or ab­duc­tors.


The group re­veals a 4WD could be driven down the track to a ceme­tery, that would then of­fer ac­cess to a ma­jor road.

DCI Jube­lin hopes the re­ward will en­cour­age a new wit­ness – urg­ing any­one who knows or sus­pects any­thing about Wil­liam’s dis­ap­pear­ance to come for­ward, say­ing it could be some­one’s be­hav­iour at the time of Wil­liam’s dis­ap­pear­ance, or even a re­ac­tion to when his name is men­tioned that “might cause sus­pi­cion”.

“That’s one mil­lion rea­sons why some­body that’st out there

thatt knows what’s hap­pened should come for­ward and talk to us, and do it soon,” DCI Jube­lin says.

To paint a more com­plete pic­ture of Wil­liam, the iden­ti­ties of his bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents were also re­vealed last week, in­clud­ing that he was the nephew of 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer’s lead guitarist Michael Clif­ford, who sadly never got the chance to meet him.

Wil­liam is the sec­ond of four chil­dren born to Kar­lie Tyrrell and was seven months old when he was re­moved from the care of Kar­lie and his fa­ther Bren­dan Collins. Con­cerns were raised for Wil­liam’s well­be­ing after al­le­ga­tions of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and drug use in their home.

Wil­liam and his older sis­ter were placed with a wealthy foster fam­ily on Syd­ney’s North Shore.

It was in­tended to be a per­ma­nent place where the sib­lings could feel safe and happy. The foster fam­ily even ren­o­vated their house to cre­ate a “for­ever fam­ily home” to raise the chil­dren in.

After three heart­break­ing years, DCI Jube­lin says po­lice had not and will not give up. “We are still de­ter­mined to find out what hap­pened to young Wil­liam.”

‘Come for­ward, and do it soon’

Wil­liam was taken from Ken­dall on NSW’S North Coast three years ago. He would now be six.

BI­O­LOG­I­CAL MUM BI­O­LOG­I­CAL DAD Nei­ther Wil­liam’s mum or dad, nor his foster fam­ily, are un­der sus­pi­cion. New photos re l e as e d Tyrrell house Pos­si­ble es­cape route from the foster grand­mother’s home. Vol­un­teers search a fire trail. Wil­liam was wear­ing...

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