William was just three years old when he was last seen playing at his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall, on the Mid North Coast of NSW, at around 10:30am on September 12, 2014.
NSW Police launched a homicide investigation into the disappearance – and even offered a $1 million reward for information – but after seven years, William has never been found.
But on Monday, Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett announced a fresh search of three areas in response to “new evidence” obtained by investigators.
NSW Police conduct a search in front of the house where William was last seen. Picture: NSW Police
NSW Police are seen at the home William Tyrrell went missing from seven years ago
“There will be hundreds of police officers and other people engaged, there are a number of locations and a very high-intensity search planned, so that is the amount of people that we will require,” he said.
Officers then attended the Benaroon Drive property- where William was last seen – on Tuesday morning, where they ripped out shrubbery and dug into the ground.
They also used an electric device to sift through soil.
Officers were seen ripping out shrubbery and digging into the ground. Picture: NSW Police
Officers sift through dirt. Picture: NSW Police
Superintendent Bennett on Monday told the press conference it is “highly likely that if we found something, it would be a body”.
“We are looking for the remains of William Tyrrell, no doubt about that,” he said.
Detectives remain “hopeful” they can bring the investigation to “some sort of conclusion”.
Officers are seen during the search on Tuesday. Picture: NSW Police
NSW Police also used an electric device to sift through soil on Tuesday
Police confirm one person of interest amid investigation into William Tyrrell disappearance
The $1 million reward for information that leads to the recovery of William, which was announced by the NSW Government in September 2016, is still on the table.
The search effort at the Kendall home comes as police on Tuesday revealed they are looking at one person of interest over William’s disappearance.
Watch Sky News Australia’s special investigation ‘William Tyrrell: Little Boy Lost’ on Flash
William Tyrrell: Little Boy Lost premieres July 18 at 8pm

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