Police seize vehicle in William Tyrrell investigation

Nov 17, 2021
Detectives sieze a vehicle for forensic examination as part of investigations into the disappearance of William Tyrrell. Source: Facebook/ @NSWPoliceForce

Police have seized a vehicle for forensic examination as part of ongoing investigations into the 2014 disappearance of three-year-old William Tyrrell.

As the renewed search for the missing three-year-old enters its third day, Strike Force Rosann detectives revealed they had seized a Mazda from a home at Gymea under a Coronial Order on Tuesday, November 9.

Detectives said the car “was taken to a secure facility” and is “undergoing extensive forensic examinations and analysis” in a statement. The forensic examinations are expected to take up to several weeks.

The latest developments come as authorities spent much of Tuesday, November 16 conducting fresh searches in the town of Kendall for any clues to the whereabouts of William Tyrrell. Police scoured the property where William went missing seven years ago, dug up the garden below the second-floor balcony, and sifted through dirt for any clues on the boy’s disappearance.

Cadaver dogs have also been spotted being taken around the area as forensic teams spent the night spraying the chemical luminol around the property to detect any traces of blood that may be present.

New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott told 7 News he was hopeful for a breakthrough in the case as he responded to questions concerning the renewed police activity at the Kendall property where William went missing.

“With a mysterious incident like this, every single option has to be investigated, every scenario has to be reviewed and tested,” he said.

“Let’s hope whatever the conclusion is gives closure to the families and community.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett told reporters on November 15 that the renewed search efforts were in response to recent evidence obtained during the ongoing investigation.

“This activity is in response to evidence we’ve obtained in the course of the investigation, it’s not speculative in any way,” he said.

“We are acting on behalf of the Coroner and in conjunction with the coronial orders, she will be kept updated with regard to our progress.”

Bennett said he was “very hopeful that we can bring this matter to some form of conclusion” but stressed that it was unlikely William would be found alive.

“I don’t know who took William. We are hoping to find out throughout this investigation,” he said.

“It’s highly likely that if we found something it would be a body. We are looking for the remains of William Tyrrell, no doubt about that.”

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed to 2GB Radio on November 16 that alongside the extensive searches police had narrowed their investigation to one suspect.

“There’s one person in particular we’re looking closely at,” he said.

“I am confident that the team that has the investigation now can solve it.”

Anyone with information about the disappearance of William Tyrrell or that may assist Strike Force Rosann detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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