A new large-scale search for missing boy William Tyrrell has been announced, nearly four years after he vanished without a trace during a visit to his grandmother’s home on the mid-north coast.
Late on Tuesday, NSW Police said the four-week forensic search would start on Wednesday, as part of ongoing investigations into William’s disappearance.
Shortly before 10.30am on Friday, September 12 2014, the then three-year-old boy was playing in the garden of his grandmother’s home on Benaroon Drive, Kendall, when he disappeared.
For the following 10 days, a large-scale search involving hundreds of residents and emergency services workers was held in the rural town and surrounding bushland, creeks and paddocks.
Despite exhaustive investigations and a reward of $1 million being offered by the NSW government in 2016 for any information leading to the recovery of William, no trace of the boy has been found.
Police on Tuesday said the initial search in the days after William’s disappearance was focused on finding the boy, not seeking clues of deliberate human intervention.
Police said detectives and analysts from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad were continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding William’s disappearance under Strike Force Rosann.