Major development in hunt for missing William Tyrrell’s remains as police reveal dig at his foster grandmother’s house will take MONTHS and cover a KILOMETRE of ground
- Police digging up one square kilometre of bushland in search for William Tyrrell
Police have revealed the renewed search for the remains of missing three-year-old William Tyrrell could take months as they dig up one square kilometre of bushland.
Police are focusing on three potential covert burial sites within 700m of William’s late foster grandmother’s home in Kendall, on the NSW mid north coast.
The three-year-old was last photographed on the balcony of the property in 2014.
On Saturday, the sixth day of the search, police admitted the wide scale dig could take months – despite initial reports the investigation would take several weeks.
A rarely seen picture taken minutes before the last time William Tyrrell’s foster parents saw him, playing with his sister on his foster grandmother’s balcony
The major development comes after police dug up and raked through dirt and drained a shallow creek in an area of bush a kilometre from the property on Friday.
A piece of fabric was collected from the creek-bed and placed in an evidence bag.
The discovery created immediate interest, with a police officer taking a camera, evidence bag and gloves to meet forensic specialist Professor Jon Olley.
A find two hours earlier of a fabric sample by the same pool had been immediately discounted by the professor.
But on the second occasion, he spent up to 10 minutes with the officer as she photographed it in situ, donned gloves, poured a liquid on the item and bagged it in a a brown paper evidence pack.
The latest evidence was found on the right side of a stagnant end of the creek drained last night.
The light blue-coloured piece of fabric, measuring roughly 8cm x 8cm will be taken back to the NSW Forensic Medicine headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Lidcombe.
Police have revealed the renewed search for the remains of missing three-year-old William Tyrrell could take months as they dig up one square kilometre of bushland
On Thursday, Australian Federal Police officers brought in ground-penetrating radar to scan a concrete slab at the property.
The slab was laid after he disappeared.
But on Friday morning police confirmed results from the slab had not furthered the investigation.
It comes after Strike Force Rosann officers investigated theories William may have fallen from a balcony at the property.
Earlier this week police also seized a Mazda that previously belonged to the foster grandmother, who has since died.
Police also charged the boy’s former foster parents over an unrelated alleged assault on a different child.
The pair are due to face court at Hornsby on Tuesday.
The findings of a coronial inquest into William’s disappearance, which concluded last year, are yet to be handed down.
A $1 million reward for information on the case still stands.