William Tyrrell search: Police pump creek near foster grandmother’s house

Staff writers and AAPThe West Australian
VideoFormer William Tyrrell lead investigator may have breached police confidentiality.

The push for clues into the disappearance of missing toddler William Tyrrell has taken a dark turn as the renewed search enters its fifth day.

According to the Daily Mail, police stationed at the dig site have drained a creek near William’s foster grandmother’s house on New South Wales’ mid north coast and are searching through the mud left behind for the three-year-old’s remains.

An electric pump reportedly emptied the creek on Thursday night. Anything found by the police are to be presented to hydrologist Professor Jon Olley for examination.

While an officer earlier appeared to have found something in the muddy creek bed, but after inspection the item was dismissed by the expert as “nothing”.

Professor Olley found the remains of murdered Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe in 2011.

The creek is one of three areas in Kendall, including the house from which William disappeared in 2014, being searched by police, though their efforts may be in vain as rain and thunderstorms forecast for Friday threaten to hamper search efforts.

On Thursday, police brought in ground-penetrating radar to scan a concrete slab at the Kendall property that belonged to the boy’s foster grandmother.

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VideoFormer lead detective weighs in on William Tyrrell case.

William disappeared from the property seven years ago, but the slab was laid after that.

It comes after police investigated theories he 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.

Cadaver dogs have also been on the scene.

An ongoing search in an area of bush near the Kendall home is continuing, having sparked excitement on Wednesday afternoon as police examined an item that turned out to be unrelated.

Cadaver dogs (pictured) scoured underneath William Tyrrell's foster grandmother's house where the little boy went missing seven years ago NSW Police
Camera IconCadaver dogs (pictured) scoured underneath William Tyrrell's foster grandmother's house where the little boy went missing seven years ago NSW Police Credit: NSW Police/NSW Police

That same day 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

Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised investigating police officers on Thursday, saying they have made “huge inroads” and would “never stop” looking into the mysterious disappearance.

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.

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