UPDATE: Authorities are using a water pump to drain a local creek as part of the search for clues as to Wiliam Tyrrell’s fate. Police are reportedly searching through the mud for remains.
A Police spokesperson told news.com.au draining water sources in the area is a standard practice when it comes to searches of this nature.
William Tyrrell’s biological grandmother has spoken about her heartbreak over the disappearance of the three-year-old.
The grandmother, who could not be identified for legal reasons, commented on the fate of her grandson to A Current Affair reporter Steve Marshall.
“He’s not alive. I knew he wasn’t alive for the last seven years. So, I’m just scared,” she said.
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Theories as to William Tyrrell’s fate have circulated far and wide, however, William’s grandmother dismissed claims that William fell from the balcony and his body removed.
“I don’t think anyone really knows what happened that morning,” she said.
Even after seven years and with renewed search efforts commencing, William’s disappearance still causes great pain for William’s biological grandmother.
“Like I’m really scared when I hear something and my phone rings, I’m scared,” she said.
“If they’re going to find him or bones or whatever. I’m terrified.”
Hundreds of emergency service personnel have descended on the town of Kendall as the search for William’s remains enters its fifth day. Police have 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. Strike Force Rosann detectives have also revealed they have seized a Mazda from a home at Gymea under a Coronial Order on Tuesday, November 9 in relation to the investigation.
New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott told 7 News on November 16 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.”
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.