• Christian Penny

The little boy in the Spiderman suit - The Search Continues


William Tyrell at his home wearing a Spiderman suit
William Tyrell at his home wearing a Spiderman suit


Shortly before 10.30am on Friday 12 September 2014, William, then aged three, was playing in the yard of his foster grandmother’s home on Benaroon Drive, Kendall, when he disappeared. Hundreds of residents, emergency service workers and volunteers searched homes, forests, creeks and paddocks throughout the rural township, but William could not be located.

Detectives and specialist Police from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad have been investigating the circumstances surrounding William’s disappearance from the outset under Strike Force Rosann. They have been working under the premise that his disappearance was as a result of human intervention, and over the investigation there have been over 500 persons of interest, though no solid lead has ever evolved.

SF Rosann - Detectives return to Kendall in September 2021
SF Rosann - Detectives return to Kendall in September 2021

In September the Homicide Squad's Strike Force Rosann marked the anniversary of William's disappearance by revisiting the last place he was seen seven years ago. At the time, Rosann Office-In-Charge Detective Chief Inspector Laidlaw said, “Further information has since come to light, as part of our ongoing review of the materials gathered by investigators since the moment William went missing seven years ago. -- As our team continue to conduct inquiries and explore all avenues of investigation, our focus has been identifying if anything has been missed, or if there are any details – no matter how small – that need to be clarified."

SF Rosann - Detectives return to Kendall in September 2021
SF Rosann - Detectives return to Kendall in September 2021

On Monday (15 November 2021), Police sensationally announced they would return to the Kendall area where William allegedly disappeared, to search upto three new areas not searched before. Investigators will employ new techniques with help from external specialists including an archeologist and a human remains specialist. Cadaver dogs were brought to the area after Police confirmed the grim news, they are searching for the remains of William Tyrell.

NSW Police Cadaver Dogs Searching Areas at Kendall
NSW Police Cadaver Dogs Searching Areas at Kendall

It's expected the searches will take two to three weeks, investigators wasting no time, on Tuesday Police returned to the home of William's foster grandmothers and began detailed forensic searches of the soil and surrounding areas. It comes as speculation stirs of a new theory, that Police are investigating specifically, whether William may have fallen from a balcony at the property.

SF Rosann - Day 2 Searches, Kendall NSW

Speaking on 2GB, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said, "I'm confident that the team who has the investigation at the moment can solve it." He added, "My understanding is, from the investigators, is that there is certainly one person in particular that we are looking closely at.".

A $1 million reward was offered in 2016 for any information leading to the recovery of William still exists, it doesn't require any arrests to be made and it's hoped anyone with information would come forward.

SF Rosann - Day 2 Searches, Kendall NSW

The search continues and updates can be followed on Twitter, just follow @6newsau to be first to know.


Anyone with any information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000