Police have updated the community on the disappearance of William Tyrell, a young boy who went missing from his grandmother’s home in the Mid North Coast town of Kendall three years ago today.
The NSW Police Force issued a statement this morning saying investigators remain highly motivated to provide answers to William’s family.
Lead investigator on William’s case, detective chief inspector Gary Jubelin said, “The last 12 months haven’t been any easier than previous years – we are frustrated that after three years we are not where we want to be – but we are still determined to find out what happened to young William.”
On Friday 12 September 2014, shortly before 10:30am, William, then aged three, was playing in the yard of his grandmother’s home on Benaroon Drive, Kendall, when he disappeared.
William was wearing a Spider Man costume at the time of his disappearance.
Within a few short hours, hundreds of local residents and emergency service workers combined to search the rural township, looking in forests, creeks and paddocks for the boy.
Police formed the view that William’s disappearance was as a result of human intervention.
Detectives and analysts from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad established Strike Force Rosann to investigate the circumstances surrounding William’s disappearance.
Strike Force Rosann is also assisted by investigators from across NSW, making it one of the largest investigations ever undertaken by the NSW Police Force.
Last year, the NSW Government announced a $1 million reward for information that leads to the recovery of William Tyrrell, which is still on offer.
Over the last 12 months the police have substantially reduced the list of potential persons of interest.
“We have spoken to hundreds of people in the past year, and we make no apologies for taking a hard-line approach to definitively rule out persons of interest and potential witnesses,” Insp Jubelin said.
“We are interested in speaking to people who suspect someone they know may have information specifically related to his disappearance.”
Police are urging anyone with information about the disappearance of William Tyrrell to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.
Recently, a NSW Supreme Court judge said there is a “tragic probability that [William] is no longer alive”.
The Argus has reported on the devastating disappearance of Kylee-Ann Schaffer who went missing after attending a party in near-by town Willawarrin on September 11, 2004.
“There are still nights when I can’t sleep and I will just lay there thinking about her,” Kylee-Ann’s mother told the Argus.