A team of up to a dozen officers spent much of Thursday searching an area of vegetation less than one kilometre from his foster grandmother’s Kendall property, on the NSW Mid North Coast, where he was last seen alive seven years ago.
An excavator was brought in to remove top soil as they manually sifted through wheelbarrows of dirt and archaeological experts gently dug at the ground with shovels.
A pump has been brought in on Friday to remove water from a creek as officers expand the search zone.
Much of NSW is expecting rain over the next seven days but the search is expected to continue unless the rain is torrential.
Police cover a section of bushland of interest following overnight rain in the Kendall region on the NSW Mid North Coast. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Peter Lorimer
An excavator was brought in to remove top soil from vegetation less than one kilometre from where William Tyrrell lived. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Peter Lorimer
Officers manually sifting through dirt and soil for clues. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Peter Lorimer
Two pieces of red fabric were collected from bushland on Wednesday.
The material was compared to a Spider-Man suit – he was last dressed in before he was reported missing – and put into evidence bags for forensic investigation.
A separate group, the Australian Federal Police Forensic Imagers and Geomatics Team, used ground penetrating technology to analyse a roughly two square metre cement slab poured in the home’s garage after he went missing in September 2014.
It uses radio waves that capture an image below the surface of concrete and brick walls or under wooden floors.
Ground penetrating technology was used to scan below a roughly two square metre cement slab that was poured after William disappeared in 2014. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Peter Lorimer
It comes as the Mazda 3 owned by William’s foster grandmother, that was seized earlier this week, had already been examined in the days after he went missing on September 12, The Daily Telegraph has revealed.
The dark grey hatchback was removed from a property in the south Sydney suburb of Gymea last week, more than 375 kilometres away from Kendall, for further testing.
Officers also analysed his foster parents’ then-new four-wheel-drive with both vehicles returned when nothing was found.
Police seize car amid investigation into disappearance of William Tyrrell
Earlier this week police officers dug up a section of dirt and garden underneath the balcony of the Benaroon Drive house.
A substance called luminol was sprayed across the soil on Tuesday night. It detects traces of blood and can provide hints to exit routes or if a body has been dragged somewhere.
Cadaver dogs, who can smell out a decomposing body decades later and even if they are buried, were also brought in to sniff the area around the front of the property.
Other tools being used in the hunt include metal detectors and drones to survey the search zone from a higher vantage point.
Police conduct luminol testing amid search for William Tyrrell
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Malcolm Lanyon vowed to “leave no stone unturned” after new “intelligence-based” information restarted the search for William.
“The NSW Police will not stop until such times as we’ve investigated every possible lead,” he said.
The findings of a coronial inquest into William’s disappearance, which concluded in 2020, are yet to be handed down.
The $1 million reward for information that leads to a conviction still stands.

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