Police have found possible evidence, believed to include a toy, as they scour dense bushland on the NSW Mid North Coast for clues in the investigation of the disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell.
The new search, which kicked off Wednesday morning, is hoping to rule out misadventure and confirm police suspicions that the then three-year-old boy was abducted from his grandmother’s yard in Kendall on September 12, 2014.
About 50 officers from the public order and riot squad spent Wednesday raking through about 600 square metres of bush near Kendall with picks, hoes and shovels. Sniffer dogs were also deployed and a chainsaw was on hand. There is no word yet if the toy is linked to the missing boy, reports the ABC.
The initial search focused only on finding “a little boy lost” across about 18 square kilometres, however the new search will home in on a three square kilometre zone, and every detail will be documented.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin said now was simply the “appropriate” time for a detailed search of the area.
If police manage to lay charges against one of many persons of interest, anything they find could become evidence in a criminal court case.
If they find nothing, and the rest of the investigation falls flat, the search information will be handed over to the coroner for an inquest.
Det Insp Jubelin said time was no barrier with forensic evidence, but he held “grave, grave concerns” about William.
He believes people do know what happened to the boy and reiterated the $1 million reward for information leading to William’s recovery.
He said he hopes the intense scrutiny placed on his disappearance will pressure anyone who knows any information to come forward.