William Tyrrell search: Police uncover ‘mystery item’ as part of their new search in Kendall, NSW

Staff Writers The West Australian
VideoCriminologist Xanthe Mallett weighs in on the new search for William Tyrrell

Detectives carrying out a major search on Wednesday in the hunt for clues linked to the case of William Tyrrell have been seen comparing items they have found to a Spiderman outfit.

There are fresh reports that police on Wednesday afternoon found a “piece of material” along Batar Creek Road, Kendall on NSW’s mid-north coast, not far from where the three-year-old was last seen.

Officers were seen comparing the said material to a red and blue Spiderman suit - which was what William was wearing when he was last seen alive.

But latest reports suggest that police are now ruling out the find as anything of significant interest.

NSW Police Detective Mark Duke, seen above, reportedly had a Spiderman suit cloth in his possession at Wednesday’s search area.

Earlier on Wednesday NSW premier Dominic Perrottet said he was hopeful of an imminent breakthrough in the case of the missing three-year-old who disappeared seven years ago.

William has been missing since 2014.
Camera IconWilliam has been missing since 2014. Credit: Supplied

Dominic Perrottet said on Wednesday the signs and reporting coming from the police investigation were “very encouraging” and police were doing a “phenomenal” job.

He was commenting after NSW Police revealed they had seized a car linked to the case as part of their investigation.

The grey Mazda was seized from a home in Gymea in Sydney’s south under a coronial order. It’s undergoing extensive forensic examination, which could take weeks.

William went missing while wearing his Spider-Man suit and playing at his foster grandmother’s Kendall home in 2014, in a case that has attracted national attention.

It’s the third day of a renewed search for the remains of the boy that has seen officers comb the mid-north coast property where he was last seen.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Malcolm Lanyon said investigators were committed to the active investigation.

“The NSW Police will not stop until such time as we’ve investigated every possible lead,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Police on Tuesday dug up the garden at the Kendall home, with a mechanical sift brought to the property. They also sprayed luminol, a chemical that detects traces of blood, during the night.

A $1 million reward for information on the case still stands.

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