William Tyrell probe Cadaver dogs sniff underneath foster grandmother’s house in Kendall, NSW

William Tyrell probe Cadaver dogs sniff underneath foster grandmothers house


Cadaver dogs have scoured underneath William Tyrrell’s foster grandmother’s house where the little boy went missing seven years ago, as police continue to search the property with the latest forensic scanning technology.

Specially-trained canines on Thursday sniffed the ground and support beams below the home trying to uncover the toddler’s remains. 

The three-year-old in the Spiderman suit vanished from the Kendall house on the Mid North Coast in 2014, with extensive police searches and investigations failing to find any trace of the child.

Detectives leading the high-profile case have turned their attention back to the place where William was last seen as ‘high intensity’ searches continued into the fourth day.

A concrete slab laid in the garage of the home was also scrutinised this morning with the Australian Federal Police bringing in a ground penetrating scanner (GPR) to examine the underside of the foundation.

Cadaver dogs (pictured) scoured underneath William Tyrrell's foster grandmother's house where the little boy went missing seven years ago

Cadaver dogs (pictured) scoured underneath William Tyrrell’s foster grandmother’s house where the little boy went missing seven years ago

Specially-trained canines (pictured) sniffed the ground and support beams below the home trying to uncover the toddler's remains

Specially-trained canines (pictured) sniffed the ground and support beams below the home trying to uncover the toddler’s remains

Detectives leading the high-profile case have turned their attention back to the place where William was last seen as 'high intensity' searches continued into the fourth day

Detectives leading the high-profile case have turned their attention back to the place where William was last seen as ‘high intensity’ searches continued into the fourth day

Police brought in scores of officers and search experts to scour bushland near the home of William's foster grandmother in Kendall on the NSW mid-north coast (pictured)

Police brought in scores of officers and search experts to scour bushland near the home of William’s foster grandmother in Kendall on the NSW mid-north coast (pictured)

The AFP’s Forensic Imagery & Geometrics team looked for any abnormalities under the slab which bounce an image off the machine’s radar. 

It’s understood the slab was laid in the house in Kendall, on the NSW mid north coast, several years after William’s disappearance in 2014. 

On Thursday afternoon police said scanning of the slab yielded no traces of the missing toddler. 

Ground penetrating radar scans of the slab’s surface in the garage revealed only ‘clean data’. 

‘That means there were no abnormalities or anomalies beneath the surface,’ a NSW Police spokesman said.       

Police are using a ground penetrating scanner to examine a concrete slab laid in William Tyrrell's foster grandmother's home in Kendall, NSW, after the boy disappeared

Police are using a ground penetrating scanner to examine a concrete slab laid in William Tyrrell’s foster grandmother’s home in Kendall, NSW, after the boy disappeared

The AFP's Forensic Imagery & Geometrics team is looking for any abnormalities under the slab which bounce an image off the machine's radar

The AFP’s Forensic Imagery & Geometrics team is looking for any abnormalities under the slab which bounce an image off the machine’s radar

It's understood the slab was laid in the house in Kendall, on the NSW mid north coast, several years after William's disappearance in 2014

It’s understood the slab was laid in the house in Kendall, on the NSW mid north coast, several years after William’s disappearance in 2014

William was last seen on the balcony of the foster grandmother’s home playing with his five-year-old sister, with police investigating the theory he may have fallen to his death. 

The garage is directly below the 5m verandah from which William possibly fell.

William’s foster grandmother passed away earlier this year aged 88.     

The search for the remains of missing three-year-old William Tyrrell is entering its fourth day, with NSW Police promising to ‘leave no stone unturned’. 

NSW Police revealed on Wednesday they’d seized a car that belonged to the foster grandmother, who has since died.

The grey Mazda was taken from a home in Gymea in Sydney’s south under a coronial order last week and is undergoing extensive forensic examination.

Also on Wednesday, William’s foster parents were charged with the unrelated assault of a different child and will face Hornsby Local Court on Tuesday.

A mechanical digger was used to remove the topsoil, and officers were using ground-penetrating radar and 3D cameras to analyse the ground in bushland near to the former Kendall house of William Tyrrell's foster grandmother

A mechanical digger was used to remove the topsoil, and officers were using ground-penetrating radar and 3D cameras to analyse the ground in bushland near to the former Kendall house of William Tyrrell’s foster grandmother

A policeman conducts a cadaver dog through bushland near the property in Kendall where William Tyrrell went missing

A policeman conducts a cadaver dog through bushland near the property in Kendall where William Tyrrell went missing

Some 30 to 40 people are involved in the ongoing search, including officers from NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police, as well as Rural Fire Service volunteers

Some 30 to 40 people are involved in the ongoing search, including officers from NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police, as well as Rural Fire Service volunteers

Meanwhile, the former homicide detective who was initially in charge of the case on Thursday defended his handling of the investigation.

Retired homicide detective Gary Jubelin was removed from the case after four years.

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller this week said the new investigation team had ‘inherited what was a bit of a mess’.

Mr Jubelin took issue with this, saying he provided monthly progress reports to his superior officers detailing everything – ‘what suspects I was targeting, what the future directions were’.

Mr Jubelin admitted he had formed a friendship with William’s foster parents and believed the foster mother to be ‘a very decent human being’.

Retired homicide detective Gary Jubelin on Thursday defended his handling of the investigation

Retired homicide detective Gary Jubelin on Thursday defended his handling of the investigation

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Pictured: Who’s who is William Tyrrell’s complicated family tree – from his wealthy north shore foster parents to a ‘homeless’ biological dad and single mum raising his two younger brothers

He said he went hard when investigating the couple.

‘I basically ambushed the (foster) parents and then I interrogated the (foster) parents,’ he told Sydney radio 2GB on Thursday.

Mr Jubelin eliminated them as suspects after a covert operation that included placing a listening device in their car.

‘At the time I was taken off the investigation … I was certainly of the belief that they were not involved,’ he said.

He investigated all theories, including that William had died in an accident, but he said any theory had to be backed up with facts.

The current investigation is considering whether William might have died after falling from the balcony of the foster grandmother’s house.

NSW Police are seen combing the dirt of cleared bushland in Kendall on the Mid North Coast where William disapeared

NSW Police are seen combing the dirt of cleared bushland in Kendall on the Mid North Coast where William disapeared

Two investigators are pictured examining the soil in the vicinity where William was last seen

Two investigators are pictured examining the soil in the vicinity where William was last seen

Mr Jubelin said the timing of the release of the information about the foster parents during a high-profile search of the Kendall home was ‘a big coincidence’.

‘We’ve all got to be a little bit careful,’ he said.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Malcolm Lanyon has vowed to ‘leave no stone unturned’ and praised the ‘dogged determination’ of investigators as they continue the search of the Kendall property, which could take weeks.

Some 30 to 40 people are helping with the search, including officers from NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police, as well as Rural Fire Service volunteers.

Police on Wednesday turned their attention to an area of bushland about a kilometre from the house where William was last seen.

A mechanical digger was used to remove the topsoil, and officers were using ground-penetrating radar and 3D cameras to analyse the ground.

Expert hydrologist Jon Olley and archaeologist Tony Lowe are also on site.

NSW Police search an area of bush, 1km from the former home of William Tyrrell's foster grandmother in Kendall, mid north coast of NSW

NSW Police search an area of bush, 1km from the former home of William Tyrrell’s foster grandmother in Kendall, mid north coast of NSW

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Malcolm Lanyon praised the 'dogged determination' of investigators as they continue the search of the Kendall property, which could take weeks

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Malcolm Lanyon praised the ‘dogged determination’ of investigators as they continue the search of the Kendall property, which could take weeks

The garden bed of the home underneath the balcony and a nearby section of bushland were dug up and cut back as police search for any evidence of the child or the clothes he was wearing on the day he went missing in September 2014.

On Wednesday police discovered two pieces of degraded material at a dig site near Batar Creek Road about 700m from the foster grandmother’s home, with officers comparing them to a red-and-blue Spider-Man suit.

Just after 2pm on Wednesday uniformed officers and forensic experts gathered excitedly around a spot in the cleared earth at the site.

NSW Police Detective Mark Duke pulled a sample of Spider-Man suit cloth from his pocket along with images of the missing three-year-old in the suit he was last seen in.

Mr Duke then compared with it with an object unearthed from the ground. The item caused police to don gloves, place the item in an evidence bag and take it to a parked forensic van. 

Police on Wednesday turned their attention to an area of bushland about a kilometre from the house where William was last seen

Police on Wednesday turned their attention to an area of bushland about a kilometre from the house where William was last seen

Police place rolls of black plastic over a patch of cleared bushland close to the property the subject of this week's high intensity search

Police place rolls of black plastic over a patch of cleared bushland close to the property the subject of this week’s high intensity search

However after some initial excitement, a police spokeswoman swiftly intervened to rule the item was unrelated and not of relevance to the case.

About 3.15pm, police made a second possible find which Det. Duke compared with a Spider-Man suit image on his phone.

He took photos on his phone of the item, which was also possibly fabric and placed an evidence marker beside it.

Uniformed police appeared to pour a liquid over the item before placing it in a brown paper bag.

That area and the location of the first find of a degraded piece of patterned fabric has now been pegged with blue plastic flag markers.

A cadaver dog was taken over the area and the whole scene covered with large rolls of black plastic.

Earlier on Wednesday, Daily Mail Australia revealed the search at Batar Creek Road has been linked to the recent seizure of William’s foster grandmother’s car. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Daily Mail Australia revealed the search at Batar Creek Road has been linked to the recent seizure of William's foster grandmother's car

Earlier on Wednesday, Daily Mail Australia revealed the search at Batar Creek Road has been linked to the recent seizure of William’s foster grandmother’s car

Police have seized a Mazda (pictured) belonging to William Tyrrell's foster grandmother, who died earlier this year

The seized car (pictured being towed away) is currently undergoing forensic examination

The seized car (pictured being towed away) is currently undergoing forensic examination

It is understood the car travelled near the site on the day of William’s disappearance with police investigating if an object was thrown out the window.

Daily Mail Australia understands police believe William’s foster mother drove the vehicle the morning William disappeared.

William’s foster mother has become a person of interest in the case. However, the case has had hundreds of persons of interest.

Being a person of interest does not necessarily suggest William’s mother is a suspect and she has vehemently denied any involvement in his disappearance.

Separate to the current investigation, police yesterday charged a 56-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man with common assault.

The pair are understood to be William Tyrrell’s foster parents. 

NSW Police allege they assaulted a different child at a home on Sydney’s upper north shore.

Homicide squad detectives received information about the alleged, unrelated assault as part of the task force’s ongoing investigations.

The pair are due to face Hornsby Local Court on Tuesday.

Timeline of William Tyrrell’s disappearance

Still missing: William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandmother's home five years ago

Still missing: William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandmother’s home five years ago

2014 

September 12 – Dressed in a Spider-Man outfit, three-year-old William Tyrrell goes missing from the garden while visiting members of his foster family on the NSW north coast. 

September 21 – Police stop searching for the missing boy after scouring surrounding bushland and neighbouring houses. 

2015 

January 20 – Police search the home and business of washing machine repairman Bill Spedding, who had been due to carry out repairs at the house at the time the three-year-old went missing.

Detectives take items for testing including a mattress, computer and vehicles. They drain his septic tank. 

January 23 – The washing machine repairman publicly denies any involvement in William’s disappearance and says he and his wife are on the verge of a breakdown due to the public attention.

February 19 – Homicide detectives take over the case and say it’s likely William was abducted. 

March 2 – Police fruitlessly search an area of bushland near Bonny Hills for three days after a tip-off. 

April 17 – William’s foster parents speak publicly for the first time in an emotional video released through police which does not identify them. 

April 17 – Police say the boy may have been a victim of a paedophile ring. 

September 6 – The Nine Network’s 60 Minutes reveal two suspicious cars were parked on the street the morning William went missing. 

September 12 – ‘Where’s William’ week is launched one year after he disappeared. 

2016 

September 12 – A $1million reward is offered for information leading to William’s return. 

2017 

August 24 – William’s foster child status is revealed after a landmark court ruling.

2018 

June 12 – NSW Police announce the start of a four-week forensic search of bushland conducted by Strike Force Rosann.

June 14 – William’s grandmother scolds police who have failed to find the young boy after four years, and claims their latest search is ‘just for show’.

June 26 – The forensic search continues on what would have been William’s seventh birthday.

June 27 – Strike Force Rosann announces it will move the search to an 800sqm block of bushland just 4km from where William was last seen alive.

June 5 – The latest search ends with Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin saying the case could soon go to a coroner. 

August – Investigation leader Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin and a sergeant get into a disagreement during a briefing.

September 13 – Police reveal they found a burned out car wreck belonging to a former person of interest.

December 19 – Coroners say William could still be alive and the inquest will determine if he died or not.

2019

February – DCI Jubelin is removed from the investigation amid a misconduct probe.

March 25 – The inquest into William Tyrrell’s disappearance begins, with William’s biological and foster parents appearing over the course of a week. 

The inquest’s first batch of hearings focused on William’s family situation and the events leading up to his disappearance. 

Both his foster and biological parents were quizzed, as were neighbours who helped in the search.   

It was disclosed that William’s biological parents absconded with him for six weeks in 2012, following a children’s court order.

William’s biological father slammed authorities for letting them down. 

‘Authorities f***ed up … The minister had a duty of care to keep William safe until he was 18. That was not the case at all.’

May: DCI Jubelin quits the Police Force.

June: Four charges of breaching the Surveillance Devices Act are laid against DCI Jubelin. He denies any wrongdoing whatsover

August: The second tranche of inquest hearings began on Wednesday August 7

Inquest hears Bill Spedding, a NSW mid-north coast repairman and one-time person of interest in the disappearance of William Tyrrell, met his wife for coffee about 9.30am in Laurieton, a 15-minute drive from Kendall, on the day William went missing.

They then attended a school assembly across the road to see a child in their care receive an award.

The inquest heard how a man who claims he saw William Tyrrell unrestrained in the back of a speeding car on the day the child went missing was waiting for police to interview him to tell them what he saw.

He told the inquest he contacted police but did not hear back about an interview.

It took it took almost 1000 days before he was able to reveal what he saw to police. 

The coroner orders an urgent probe into the final image that was taken on the day William vanished as metadata suggests the picture may have been taken 118 minutes earlier than originally thought.

The image has a ‘created time’ of 7.39am and a ‘corrected time’ of 9.37am, a new document from the 2000-page evidence brief. 

The coronial inquest has been delayed for another eight months with the next round of hearings happening in March 2020. 

November 11: The deputy state coroner releases footage of William Tyrrell and family at Heatherbrae McDonalds, on September 11, 2014

Feb – March 2020: Gary Jubelin defends four charges of illegally recording person of interest Paul Savage in court hearing

February 21: Daily Mail Australia reveals Frank Abbott was arrested in custody for the purposes of a police interview about William’s disappearance 

March 2020: The coronial inquest into William’s disappearance resumes but stops with two days to go due to the coronavirus outbreak

April 6, 2020: Magistrate Ross Hudson delivers his verdict in Gary Jubelin case

April 8, 2020: Jubelin is convicted of all four charges and fined $10,000. Ex-cop says he will appeal 

June 22, 2020: Police and SES launch new search for William Tyrrell near Herons Creek, where Abbott once lived

June 26, 2021: Police acknowledge William Tyrrell’s 10th birthday

November 15, 2021: Detectives return to Kendall after receiving new information and admit they are searching for a body. His foster parents are reported to be persons of interest in the case 



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