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Police begin new search in bushland for William Tyrrell

By Marni Dixit June 13, 2018
William Tyrrell

It's been nearly four years since the little boy's disappearance. 

Police announced on Tuesday afternoon they will begin an extensive, large-scale forensic search in Kendall on the mid north-coast of NSW where William Tyrrell went missing from his foster grandmother’s front yard.

The search will take four weeks through bushland, but it has yet to be reported what has triggered the new search.

The ABC reports the police do not expect a major breakthrough or to find a body.

Police said in a statement the difference in this search and the initial search is a mindset:

"The initial search, while extensive, was focused only on finding William — a little boy who was lost — and not with a view of deliberate human intervention.”

9News has confirmed the deputy state coroner will visit the search site to monitor the operation.

There is speculation at this stage that police are laying the groundwork for an inquest into William’s disappearance. Should this be the case, police would go to court and reveal their evidence, even naming persons of interest.

Fifty police from the riot squad arrived to the bushland at 9am and in one hour only searched 20 metres, with one officer saying, “They’re leaving no stone unturned.”

Lead investigator, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin, told reporters on Wednesday he was speaking with the deputy state coroner:

"I can't say when or if she will attend here, but she is overseeing what will be done.”

"Look if nothing is found, if we can't solve it from a criminal perspective, we're always open to the possibility of going to the coroner and keeping our minds open to that.

"But I want to stress that we have numerous lines of inquiry including persons of interest that we're going to fully exhaust before we go to the coroner."

“The search we’re conducting now and fairly extensive search is so we can produce that evidence whether it be a coroner’s court or criminal court showing that William’s disappearance is a result of human intervention and not through misadventure.”

He added that the new search would be small but more intense, focusing only on around three square kilometres. 

It was first believed William may have wandered off and got lost, but police later revealed the way he disappeared was more in line with an abduction.

The house that William disappeared from is directly across the road from the Kendall State Forest. 

The homicide squad searched bushland around Bonny Hills in 2015, 20 kilometres from the home, but no trace of the boy was found. 

A tip-off lead the police to search the home of tradesman William Harrie Spedding, who reportedly gave a quote at William’s grandmother’s house four days prior to his disappearance.

Police have also investigated reports of a paedophile ring operating in the area as well as seizing a white station wagon from a property north of Kendall. 

There is a $1 million reward for information leading to William’s recovery. His foster parents and biological parents have been ruled out as suspects.

Image: NSW Police