Wil­liam Tyrrell: 50 po­lice re­turn to search bush around Ken­dall home

The Guardian Australia - - News - Michael McGowan

Four years af­ter he dis­ap­peared from the front yard of his grand­mother’s house on the New South Wales mid­north coast, po­lice are back at the street where Wil­liam Tyrrell dis­ap­peared in a last-ditch search be­fore a pos­si­ble coro­nial in­quest.

On Wed­nes­day about 50 of­fi­cers be­gan search­ing a three square kilo­me­tre stretch of bush around the Ken­dall home where Wil­liam was last seen in 2014 wear­ing a Spi­der­man out­fit.

Det Ch Insp Gary Jube­lin told me­dia in Ken­dall on Wed­nes­day that po­lice held “grave, grave fears” about Wil­liam, who was three when he dis­ap­peared.

“It’s been a very long time,” he said. “As I’ve said to the fam­ily, and I can’t be any more hon­est than what I say to the fam­ily ... un­til we know con­clu­sively that Wil­liam is not alive we’ll treat it with the pos­si­bil­ity that he still is alive. But ob­vi­ously we have grave con­cerns.”

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The re­turn to the street from where Wil­liam first dis­ap­peared – and the re­newed search – is likely to lead to a coro­nial in­quest if no new in­for­ma­tion is un­earthed.

Po­lice are fo­cus­ing on prov­ing that Wil­liam’s dis­ap­pear­ance was “the re­sult of hu­man in­ter­ven­tion and not through mis­ad­ven­ture”.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween this search and the search that was done orig­i­nally [is that] the orig­i­nal search was fo­cused on find­ing a lit­tle boy lost,” Jube­lin said.

“The search com­menc­ing to­day, which we an­tic­i­pate will take be­tween three to four weeks, will be fo­cus­ing on a foren­sic search.

“The pur­pose of this is that if we present ev­i­dence to a court, whether coro­nial or crim­i­nal, [we can show] beyond rea­son­able doubt that Wil­liam’s dis­ap­pear­ance was the re­sult of hu­man in­ter­ven­tion and not through mis­ad­ven­ture.”

Jube­lin be­lieves there are peo­ple in com­mu­nity who know what hap­pened to Wil­liam, and on Wed­nes­day he said po­lice had re­ceived about 15,000 pieces of in­for­ma­tion, and had a num­ber of per­sons of in­ter­est.

“A mat­ter goes to an in­quest if we can’t solve [it] from a crim­i­nal per­spec­tive [and] we’re keep­ing our minds open to that,” he said.

“But I want to also stress that we have nu­mer­ous lines of in­quiry, in­clud­ing per­sons of in­ter­est. We’re go­ing to fully ex­haust those be­fore the mat­ter goes to the coroner.”

Pho­to­graph: NSW po­lice

Po­lice hold ‘grave, grave fears’ for Wil­liam Tyrrell and are con­duct­ing a fresh search in the bush around the Ken­dall home from which he went miss­ing in 2014.

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