Police have finished searching William Tyrrell’s foster grandma’s home in their search for the missing boy’s body, and will comb a new site today.
The renewed search for William Tyrrell has moved away from the home where the three-year-old was last seen seven years ago, with police now expected to focus their efforts on a nearby patch of bushland.
Police descended on a home in Benaroon Drive, Kendall, on the NSW mid north coast, this week where William’s now-deceased foster grandmother lived when he went missing.
Multiple reports suggested police were working on a new theory that William may have fatally fallen from the balcony of the home.
Officers were seen searching the area directly below the balcony, removing plants from the garden and sifting through the dirt.
Luminol, a substance that shows traces of blood, was sprayed in the area and a cadaver dog was also seen combing through the garden bed.
Yesterday afternoon, the focus of the search shifted to a small patch of bushland on Batar Creek Rd, a few minutes from the foster grandmother’s home.
News.com.au understands this is where search efforts will be focused today.
Two pieces of degraded material were found at the search site yesterday afternoon, with officers seen comparing the pieces to samples of a red and blue spiderman suit – the same outfit William was wearing when he disappeared.
A police spokesperson later told reporters that the items were unrelated to the case, though they were both taken away in evidence bags.’
The renewed search efforts are expected to take between two to three weeks, with hundreds of officers checking new locations and using different types of search methods. Police confirmed earlier in the week they were looking for the young boy’s remains, the first time they have publicly suggested they do not believe he is alive.
William was playing with his five-year-old sister in the yard at his now-deceased foster grandmother’s house on Benaroon Drive, Kendall, on the NSW mid-north coast on September 12, 2014, when she suddenly couldn’t find him.
He was three years old at the time and wearing a Spider-Man costume.
The Daily Telegraph has reported police are now focusing their attention on William’s foster mother as the key suspect in his disappearance.
Both she and the boy’s foster father were on Wednesday charged with assaulting a child, who is not William.
More to come