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Toy Found In Bushland During Search In William Tyrrell Case

Police have come across a toy in bushland near Kendall during a forensic search to help uncover fresh evidence in the case of missing boy William Tyrrell.

Other bags of evidence were also collected during the first day of a four-week search into the disappearance of the then 3-year-old, who vanished without a trace from his foster grandmother’s yard in 2014, but it is too early to confirm if any of these findings are linked to William.

On Wednesday, about 50 officers from the public order and riot squad spent the day raking through about 600 square metres of bush with picks, hoes and shovels. Sniffer dogs were also deployed in the area.

Police are set to move across the road today but will likely cover a slightly smaller area due to thick and tough terrain.

This new operation, announced on Tuesday, has high hopes of uncovering clues that will give investigators insight into what happened to little William, who hasn’t been seen or heard from since his disappearance on September 12, 2014.

Over four weeks, officers will conduct an extensive search of roughly 3 square kilometres of bushland in Kendall, on the mid-north coast of NSW.

The main difference between this search and the initial search when William first disappeared is the intention behind the operation.

“The initial search, while extensive, was focused only on finding William - a little boy who was lost - and not with a view of deliberate human intervention,” said police in a statement.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin has said that the purpose is now on finding definitive evidence that can be used in court to prove that William may have met with foul play.

“Based on the original search and from our investigation it’s reasonable to draw conclusion that William’s disappearance was result of human intervention and not misadventure,” said Detective Jubelin.

“[But] I don’t want this interpreted that the investigation is coming to an end. We are very mindful that it’s over 3.5 years since William disappeared and we haven’t solved the matter. We are going to continue until we do.”

At this stage, police still have hope that William could still be alive and will not lose faith until they find conclusive evidence that his is not. In saying this, Detective Jubelin said they have, “grave, grave fears” for the boy’s wellbeing.

He also believes people do know what happened to William and reiterated the $1 million reward for information leading to his recovery.

The search will resume later this morning.

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