Police acknowledge 10th birthday of William Tyrrell as inquiries continue into his disappearance

Homicide Squad detectives have marked the 10th birthday of William Tyrrell and as investigations continue into his disappearance nearly seven years ago.

Shortly before 10.30am on Friday 12 September 2014, William, then aged three, was playing in the yard of his grandmother’s home on Benaroon Drive, Kendall, when he disappeared.

Within a few short hours, hundreds of local residents and emergency service workers combined to search the rural township, looking in forests, creeks and paddocks for the boy.

As a result, police formed the view that William’s disappearance was as a result of human intervention.

Detectives and analysts from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad established Strike Force Rosann to investigate the circumstances surrounding William’s disappearance.

In September 2016, the NSW Government announced a $1 million reward for information that leads to the recovery of William Tyrrell, which remains on offer.

Since that time, strike force detectives have conducted extensive investigations, including several coordinated searches of bushland near Herons Creek and Kendall, in an effort to recover William Tyrrell.

In March 2019, a Coronial Inquest commenced into William’s disappearance, which remains ongoing.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, acknowledged the continued strength and courage of William Tyrrell’s families today on what would have been his 10th birthday.

“The NSW Police Force remains committed to finding William Tyrrell with the Homicide Squad’s Strike Force Rosann continuing to conduct investigations into the circumstances surrounding his disappearance,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“Detectives are reviewing all evidence obtained since William’s disappearance and have recently sought the assistance of numerous experts to ensure no stone is left unturned.

“Whilst the coronial inquest is yet to be finalised, the investigation is ongoing, and the strike force team is actively engaged with the Deputy State Coroner to ensure answers are provided to William’s loved ones.

“We acknowledge that today marks another important milestone without answers for the families and as such, our focus remains on the investigation to find out what happened to William.

“As our inquiries continue, we encourage anyone in the community with information – no matter how big or small – to come forward, so we may provide answers to his families,” Det Supt Doherty.

Police are urging anyone with information about the disappearance of William Tyrrell to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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