Former foster father of William Tyrrell charged with giving false or misleading evidence

Mar 09, 2022
William Tyrrell's former foster father charged with providing false information. Source: Instagram/ @caffeinecrimeandcanines

The former foster father of missing three-year-old William Tyrrell has been charged with allegedly providing false or misleading evidence to the New South Wales Crime Commission.

The charges have been revealed following a revision of non-publication orders surrounding a case, on Wednesday, March 9, in Downing Centre Local Court.

Tyrrell’s former foster mother, 56, and foster father, 54, were charged in November 2021 over the alleged assault of a child (not William Tyrrell). The couple have plead not guilty to this charge.

In early January 2022, Police began a renewed round of interviews as part of the William Tyrrell investigation, following a fresh search.

“Strike Force Rosann detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and other investigative activity, including those under Coronial Orders, as well as reviewing all mat­erial with the assistance of various experts,” a NSW Police spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph.

New South Wales Police announced they were “looking for the remains” of William Tyrrell as part of a fresh round of searches following new evidence in the investigation on November 15, 2021.

It’s been seven years since William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandmother’s house in New South Wales. He had been playing in the front yard of the property in Kendall, and was wearing a Spider-Man suit at the time of his disappearance. Despite extensive investigations and an exhaustive search by hundreds of volunteers and emergency service workers, the then three-year-old has not been found.

On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, NSW Police announced in a statement that the search operations would draw to a close.

“The NSW Police Force advise current inquiries and search operations being undertaken in the Kendall area are expected to be completed in coming days,” the statement read.

“The forensic search, which is being conducted under a Coronial Order as part of ongoing investigations into the disappearance of William Tyrrell, has been ongoing since Monday 15 November 2021.

“Once the search operation is complete, a team will facilitate a repatriation of the site.”

Several items of potential evidence were collected during the search including several pieces of fabric and most recently a bone fragment which is currently undergoing forensic testing. Police are also currently sifting through over 15 tonnes of soil from the search site for any potential clues. The investigation into William’s disappearance will remain ongoing.


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