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Twist in the search for William Tyrrell
Detectives investigating the disappearance of William Tyrrell will conduct fresh searches beginning on Monday morning.In a statement, the NSW Police Force said further details will be made available at a media conference at 10.30am AEDT.
Six days after William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandmother's rural property, his foster mother retraced her steps with detectives investigating the incident.
Footage of the interaction was released in 2019 as part of the coronial inquest into the three-year-old's disappearance, and showed the now 56-year-old showing police around the expansive grounds.
William's foster mother - who is now a person of interest in the long-running case - described how she drove all the way to a busy road before accepting he was gone after frantically checking with neighbours that he hadn't wandered into their yards.
William Tyrrell's foster mother a person of interest in his disappearance
It comes as a car belonging to William's now-deceased foster grandmother was seized for forensic examination.It comes as a car belonging to William's now-deceased foster grandmother at the time he went missing was also seized from a home at Gymea, in Sydney's south, under a coronial order last Tuesday.
'The semis go down this road quite often and they fly,' she said.
'I thought, ''this is ridiculous. He's not down here'', and I went back up, back to home.'
The foster mother ran her fingers through her short hair as she recounted the revelation to the female detective at the base of the hill leading to her mother's home.
The footage of the walk-through was played while the foster mother was giving evidence at the 2019 inquest into William's disappearance and presumed death.
At the time, she told the court she couldn't shake the thought 'there is no way in the world William would have come this far'.
Who are William Tyrrell's foster parents?
The disappearance of William Tyrrell continues to intrigue, perplex and sadden people all over Australia. The three-year-old went missing on September 12, 2014 while playing in the garden of his foster grandmother's Kendall, NSW home.The three-year-old went missing on September 12, 2014 while playing in the garden of his foster grandmother's Kendall, NSW home. At the time of his disappearance, little William was wearing a Spider-Man suit in images that have been plastered on headlines all over the world.
On the day of his disappearance, the foster mother revealed her brain was running through all the potential possibilities.
'I was clutching at anywhere - would he get through that? Would he climb through that?'
She described in vivid detail at the inquest how 'silent' it got in her backyard when William, who was pretending to be a tiger, stopped 'roaring'.
She stopped drinking her cup of tea, went to find him, couldn't, and began to panic.
'I couldn't hear a thing. It was silent. There was no wind. No birds. Nothing. Couldn't hear a thing.
'All I could think was why can't I hear him? Why can't I see the red (of his Spider-Man suit)?
'I'm standing there and - why can't I see him? Why can't I hear him? It was silence.'
The foster mother later said 'no one could stop us searching for our boy' as she tore through neighbouring houses looking for clues about his whereabouts.
William's foster father gave police a similar walk-through, adding the three-year-old 'was not a wanderer'.
Tyrrell foster parents face assault charge
The former foster parents of missing toddler William Tyrrell have been charged with the unrelated assault of another child.Strike Force Rosann was established in 2014 after three-year-old William disappeared from his foster grandmother's home at Kendall on the NSW mid north coast.
Detectives have now returned to the property after new information led them to believe the clue to solving the seven-year mystery is there.
It is understood detectives have identified an apparent contradiction in the initial statements they received on the day he disappeared.
The famous photo of William playing on the verandah with his sister while wearing his Spider-Man suit showed the little boy was barefoot, but his foster mother reportedly initially told police he had shoes on when he vanished shortly after the photo was taken.
The observation cast new light on the entire timeline of the day the three-year-old disappeared.
The renewed search effort comes as William's foster mother and father were both charged with one count each of common assault relating to a separate child.
Lessons learned from William Tyrrell investigation used to help find Cleo Smith, criminologist says
A leading criminologist says some of the reasons William Tyrrell hasn't been found in seven years helped police in Western Australia locate missing girl Cleo Smith after 18 days.Leading criminologist Xanthe Mallett said investigators around the world have learned valuable lessons from one of Australia's most baffling cases, which began in the sleepy town of Kendall on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
She recalled pulling over to the side of a busy road near the local riding school as a semi-truck 'flew past', with her head out the window looking for William.
Daily Mail Australia revealed on Wednesday police are investigating whether she 'threw an item out of the window' of his grandmother's car on the morning of September 12, 2014.
The foster grandmother's car was seized by detectives within taskforce Rosann last week from its new owner's home in Gymea and remains with authorities.
It's understood police are working on a theory that William's foster mother was using the car on the day of his disappearance. The car has never before been examined.
Detectives investigate apparent contradiction in initial police statement given by foster mother
At 9.30am, the foster father leaves his mother-in-law's home, verified by tracking on his phone.
At 9.37am William was pictured barefoot on the verandah of the home in his Spider-Man outfit, in a snap which has now become central to the hunt for the toddler.
His foster mother reportedly said he was wearing shoes to protect his feet from bindiis and dog droppings when he vanished less than an hour later.
Police now believe there were no bindiis at the home, and the family dog was dead, reports The Daily Telegraph.
No one will be charged over William Tyrrell unless evidence found
NSW Police have confirmed that the search for William Tyrrell's remains has so far not turned up enough physical evidence for anyone to be prosecuted. The 'high intensity' search by police and forensic experts in and around the Kendall property of William's foster grandmother resumes today, as investigators operate on a theory the three-year-old fell from the 5metre-high balcony of the property.William's foster-mother has emerged as the new person of interest in the boy's disappearance, police said.
About 10am, William's foster mother said she made tea for her and her mother, and sat with the boy on the rear verandah - not the tall verandah at the front, which is one focus of the new police search.
His foster mother told the 2019 inquest into his disappearance that the child had been playing with dice and pencils but changed to play a game called 'Daddy Tiger'.
'He crawled around on the ground for a bit, playing tiger. He jumped off the deck, ran around the side of the house and roared,' she said.
The picture taken around half an hour earlier also shows William roaring for the camera.
Gerard Craddock, counsel assisting the coroner told the inquest: 'Whilst dressed as a Spider-Man he was actually a tiger. You can see him roaring.'
Police estimated William vanished between 10.05am and 10.20am.
Around 10.30am, William's foster father texted his wife to say he was returning home after buying newspapers nearby.
The foster mother said she saw the text after she had started looking for William.
At 10.57am, the foster mother called police and said they had been looking for him for '15 or 20 minutes'.
At 11.06am, Senior Constable Christopher Rowley arrived at the scene and the police investigation began.
In light of the new information, William's foster mother has become a person of interest in the case. Over the seven-year investigation, there have been hundreds of past persons of interest.
William Tyrrell's grandmother unleashes at 'shambles' investigation
William Tyrrell's biological grandmother has opened up about the 'shambolic' police investigation into the little boy's disappearance.The woman who cannot be identified for legal reasons surrounding adoptions, said in the early stages after the three-year-old in the Spiderman suit vanished from his foster grandmother's home in Kendal on the Mid North Coast of NSW, she was kept in the dark by detectives.
This does not necessarily suggest William's mother is a suspect and she has vehemently denied any involvement in his disappearance.
Former lead detective on the case, Gary Jubelin, on Thursday said he 'ambushed and interrogated' the child's foster parents and formally interviewed them before ruling them out as persons of interest.
'I saw no signs of William's (foster) mother being involved in it,' he said.
'At the time I was taken off the investigation I was certainly of the belief (she) was not involved in it.'
Police are investigating the possibility William may have fallen from the balcony of his grandmother's home, something Jubelin said was 'looked at' while he was on the case.
'We investigated every theory, whether he was run over on the driveway, or fell over and hit his head on the rock or fell off the balcony - that's the most obvious place when you look at the house where a child could injure themselves,' he said.
The former detective said police 'flagged' the possibility there was an accident that may have been covered up.
Jubelin led the investigation into the missing toddler's disappearance for five years until he resigned over misconduct allegations.
The ex-homicide detective was convicted of covertly recording four conversations with Paul Savage - who was wrongly singled out as a suspect in the case - and was fined $10,000. He later lost a subsequent appeal.
NSW Police push ahead with search for William Tyrrell's remains despite bad weather .
NSW Police push ahead with a search for the remains of missing boy William Tyrrell despite bad weather on the NSW Mid-North Coast. The main search area was lashed by a short but violent thunderstorm late yesterday afternoon.Officers spent Sunday morning cleaning up a site about a kilometre from the home of William's foster-grandmother in Kendall after it was hit by strong winds and heavy rain.Police have today focused on clearing dense bush and debris across the square-kilometre site while the majority of digging and sifting has been put on hold.