William Tyrrell went missing from his foster grandma’s home in September 2014
Paedophile ring horror, alleged sightings of little boys in Spiderman suits and camera crews clogging normally sleepy country streets.
Welcome to Kendall, population 863, which has been haunted by the disappearance of three-year-old William Tyrrell since September 2014.
The New South Wales mid north coast hamlet once again became the focus of the police investigation into the toddler’s disappearance on Thursday.
Police began a four-week effort to comb the scrub behind William’s foster grandma’s former home in an effort to prove the boy was truly abducted.’So we can show, beyond reasonable doubt, William’s disappearance was the result of human intervention and not through misadventure,’ the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin, from the homicide squad said.
It is the second major search of nearby forest, creeks and paddocks in the past four years. Police hope the search will provide evidence that can be put to a criminal or coronial court.
But one thing is obvious to long-time residents of Kendall and surrounds: whoever snatched the toddler knew exactly what they were doing.
‘It’s a road you would never just come across,’ said grandmother Frances Jordan, from nearby Laurieton.
Brian Collier, 76, (pictured) from nearby Johns River, said he had been shocked by revelations of how many paedophiles lived in Kendall where William Tyrrell went missing
The 76-year-old, from nearby Johns River, spoke about the toddler’s disappearance as officers started a forensic search of the small New South Wales hamlet
The isolated property where William vanished, on Benaroon Drive, backs onto a large bush reserve and fire trail where some residents collect firewood. The street is isolated from the rest of the town.
‘I used to drive past on the way to the chiropractor,’ Ms Jordan said. ‘Somebody had to know that street and that the boy was there.’
Three-and-a-half years ago, more than a hundred police, SES workers and volunteers scoured the area for a sign of William for ten days.
As time passed, it became clear to investigators that something sinister was at play – they were not just looking for a little boy lost.
News of the latest search – of a small 3.5 square kilometre area – infuriated one local, who claimed there had been too many untrained locals searching for the boy during the first search.
The search involved scores of local volunteers.
‘I don’t object to them looking for the kid – I do hope they get closure and the perpetrator is brought to swift, brutal justice,’ the Kendall resident said.
Residents, including grandmother Frances Jordan (right), said whoever snatched William knew exactly what they were doing
The then three-year-old went missing from his foster grandmother’s yard in the small hamlet
Detectives and analysts from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad searched bushland as part of their investigations into his disappearance (above)
One of the locals said police were looking for a white station (pictured in artist impression) wagon around the time for the disappearance
‘But they’re not going to find that after 3000 f***ing trampling through the bush are they?’
‘One stupid woman even dug somebody’s dead dog up because they didn’t believe it was a dead dog under the ground,’ he claimed.
William’s disappearance has led to unsettling revelations, including claims of a paedophile ring operating in the region.
Brian Collier, 76, from nearby Johns River, said he had been shocked by revelations of how many paedophiles lived in the region.
As part of ongoing investigations, detectives commenced a forensic search of bushland at Kendall on Wednesday
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 in Kendall, New South Wales when he disappeared
For the ten days following, hundreds of local residents and emergency services workers combined to search the rural township, looking in forests, creeks and paddocks for the boy
‘The paedophile ring that was going on, Jesus,’ Mr Collier said, while sipping a beer at a pub in neighbouring Kew.
Police have not ruled out the involvement of a paedophile ring in the boy’s disappearance, Chief Inspector Jubelin said today.