Breakthrough in William Tyrrell investigation: Police recommend charges in toddler’s mysterious disappearance

Jun 28, 2023
The breakthrough comes as the first major development in the case since November 2021 when authorities announced renewed search efforts to find William. Source: Facebook/@Where's William Tyrrell? Bring Him Home

Almost nine years since William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandmother’s house in Kendall, NSW Police have reportedly made a major breakthrough in the investigation, recommending charges in regards to his disappearance.

William had been playing in the front yard of his grandmother’s property and was wearing a Spider-Man suit when he vanished on September 12, 2014. Despite extensive investigations and renewed search efforts by hundreds of volunteers and emergency service workers in 2021, he has never been found and his fate has remained a mystery.

However, in the first major development in the long-running investigation, detectives from Strike Force Rosann have reportedly provided the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) with a brief of evidence recommending William’s foster mother be charged with offences relating to his disappearance, as reported by The Australian.

The DPP will now decide whether the evidence is strong enough before any decisions are made about pursuing charges.

There is no suggestion of the foster mother’s guilt or that she will be charged, nor is there any suggestion that she was responsible for the toddler’s death.

William’s foster mother has always denied any wrongdoing regarding the disappearance of the toddler.

News of the potential charges come as the first major development in the case since November 2021 when authorities announced renewed search efforts to find William, involving hundreds of police officers, in three specific locations in the Kendall area.

The search operation saw authorities meticulously comb through the Kendall property where William vanished, excavating the garden beneath the upper-level balcony, and examining soil in pursuit of any leads regarding the child’s disappearance. Canine units specialised in detecting human remains were also observed being guided throughout the area, while forensic experts deployed the chemical luminol to illuminate potential traces of blood that might have been present.

Authorities also collected and photographed several pieces of fabric, which were taken away for further forensic testing. Detectives also revealed that they had seized a Mazda on November 9, 2021 to undergo “extensive forensic examinations and analysis”.

As the search efforts neared their end, NSW Police revealed they were “very happy” with the items they had located.

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