Tyrrell search: ‘Resident harbours dark secret’
SOMEONE connected to the tiny town where William Tyrrell vanished knows who took him, police suspect.
Search crews wore waders to dredge through a swamp as the mammoth forensic search for the little boy in the Spider Man suit continued in tough terrain on Thursday.
Cadaver dogs frantically sniffed through the undergrowth and volunteers spent hours slashing bush for the second consecutive day.
Police have been in the town of Kendall - population 833 - for more than a fortnight, searching bushland around the former home of William's biological grandmother, where he was playing when he disappeared on September 12, 2014.
But the search moved 4km south west to a 800sq m patch of undergrowth on Wednesday, so Strike Force Rosann detectives could follow up intelligence they received on a "high risk" person of interest.
Detectives believe the site at the corner of Batar Creek Rd and Cedar Loggers Lane is too far for William to have walked to by himself but that someone may have taken him there.
A police source said they suspect "someone who knows who is responsible is connected to the Kendall area".
The search halted occasionally on Thursday so detectives and cadaver dogs could look closely at parts of the muddy bushland.
A number of items found in the bush were retrieved as evidence for precautionary but we're not believed to be linked to William.
Rosann lead Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin has appealed for information on any suspicious sightings near the intersection at the time of William's disappearance or more recently.
Cedar Loggers Lane resident Clive Wilmott remembered seeing search parties near the intersection in the opening days of the search but does not recall anyone suspicious.
"I never saw anyone suspicious or anyone lurking," he said.
"They were down there searching when he went missing in the first week or so.
"It's fairly dense rugged bushland.
"If you were looking to take something in there you would have had to know what the area was like."
Community members again used the search to voice theories to detectives at the scene - Strike Force Rosann has already received 15,000 pieces of intelligence.
Police have narrowed down a list of hundreds of people of interest to a small pool of those considered a "high risk" of being involved in William's abduction.
The search will return to the secluded junction this morning before police head back to their original search area on Benaroon Dr until July 5.
Without a significant breakthrough, the investigation is expected to be referred to a coronial inquest.