William Tyrrell: Detectives to renew search for missing boy

William Tyrrell vanished more than seven years ago in regional NSW in a case that baffled the nation. But today police will make a major announcement.

NSW Police will renew search efforts for missing boy William Tyrrell, who vanished from a property in regional NSW more than seven years ago.

Senior police officers will address the media later on Monday to announced renewed efforts and “operational activity” under Strike Force Rosann.

William was three years old when he disappeared in 2014 while playing with his five-year-old sister in the front yard of his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall, on the NSW mid-north coast.

It is understood fresh search efforts will be focused on the Kendall area.

There’s been no trace of him since but images of the youngster, wearing his famous Spider-Man suit, were circulated across Australia.

He was wearing the costume when he vanished.

William’s disappearance prompted one of the largest police investigations in Australian history.

In September this year a professional bush tracker told NCA NewsWire that he was devastated police called off the quest for the boy’s location “too early”.

Jake Cassar, a bush tracker called in to help the search for William and who also led the hunt for three-year-old Anthony “AJ” Elfalak, said he still suffered from the heartache of William’s search party being scaled back after seven days.

William’s case was put back in the spotlight in early September when police confirmed “new information” was being investigated.

But detectives did not elaborate on what that involved.

Mr Cassar, 45, said it was a painful reminder of the “missed opportunity” to find more information when the 2014 search lost momentum.

At the time, police said if William was in the bush it was unlikely he would still be alive after six days.

“I was devastated because I was open to the idea of him still being out there … anything was possible,” Mr Cassar told NCA NewsWire at the time.

Mr Cassar, from the Central Coast, said an assumption that William had “definitely” been abducted settled in on day five of the search.

“It was deeply concerning having that locked in that he had definitely been kidnapped,” he said.

“And that’s why, days after the search had largely ended, I stayed out there with my dog and a couple of volunteers from the area.”

State Crime Command director Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett will address the media at 10.30am.

More to come

Originally published as NSW detectives to renew search for missing boy William Tyrrell

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