William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

Six days after William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandmother’s rural property, his foster mother retraced her steps with detectives investigating the incident. 

Footage of the interaction was released in 2019 as part of the coronial inquest into the three-year-old’s disappearance, and showed the now 56-year-old showing police around the expansive grounds.  

William’s foster mother – who is now a person of interest in the long-running case – described how she drove all the way to a busy road before accepting he was gone after frantically checking with neighbours that he hadn’t wandered into their yards. 

‘The semis go down this road quite often and they fly,’ she said.

‘I thought, ”this is ridiculous. He’s not down here”, and I went back up, back to home.’

The foster mother ran her fingers through her short hair as she recounted the revelation to the female detective at the base of the hill leading to her mother’s home.  

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

William’s foster mother described how she drove all the way to a busy road before accepting he was gone after frantically checking with neighbours that he hadn’t wandered into their yards

 The footage of the walk-through was played while the foster mother was giving evidence at the 2019 inquest into William’s disappearance and presumed death.

No one could stop us searching for our boy 
William’s foster parents, 2020 

At the time, she told the court she couldn’t shake the thought ‘there is no way in the world William would have come this far’.  

On the day of his disappearance, the foster mother revealed her brain was running through all the potential possibilities. 

‘I was clutching at anywhere – would he get through that? Would he climb through that?’

She described in vivid detail at the inquest how ‘silent’ it got in her backyard when William, who was pretending to be a tiger, stopped ‘roaring’.

She stopped drinking her cup of tea, went to find him, couldn’t, and began to panic.

‘I couldn’t hear a thing. It was silent. There was no wind. No birds. Nothing. Couldn’t hear a thing. 

 ‘All I could think was why can’t I hear him? Why can’t I see the red (of his Spider-Man suit)?

‘I’m standing there and – why can’t I see him? Why can’t I hear him? It was silence.’

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

The renewed search effort comes as William’s foster mother and father were both charged with one count each of common assault relating to a separate child 

The foster mother later said ‘no one could stop us searching for our boy’ as she tore through neighbouring houses looking for clues about his whereabouts. 

William’s foster father gave police a similar walk-through, adding the three-year-old ‘was not a wanderer’.     

Detectives have now returned to the property after new information led them to believe the clue to solving the seven-year mystery is there. 

 I couldn’t hear a thing. It was silent. There was no wind. No birds. Nothing. Couldn’t hear a thing. ‘All I could think was why can’t I hear him?
William’s foster mum 

It is understood detectives have identified an apparent contradiction in the initial statements they received on the day he disappeared.

The famous photo of William playing on the verandah with his sister while wearing his Spider-Man suit showed the little boy was barefoot, but his foster mother reportedly initially told police he had shoes on when he vanished shortly after the photo was taken. 

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

, William Tyrrell’s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

Six days after William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandmother’s rural property, his foster mother retraced her steps with detectives investigating the incident 

 The observation cast new light on the entire timeline of the day the three-year-old disappeared.  

The renewed search effort comes as William’s foster mother and father were both charged with one count each of common assault relating to a separate child.  

She recalled pulling over to the side of a busy road near the local riding school as a semi-truck ‘flew past’, with her head out the window looking for William.   

Daily Mail Australia revealed on Wednesday police are investigating whether she ‘threw an item out of the window’ of his grandmother’s car on the morning of September 12, 2014.

The foster grandmother’s car was seized by detectives within taskforce Rosann last week from its new owner’s home in Gymea and remains with authorities.

It’s understood police are working on a theory that William’s foster mother was using the car on the day of his disappearance. The car has never before been examined. 

Detectives investigate apparent contradiction in initial police statement given by foster mother 

At 9.30am, the foster father leaves his mother-in-law’s home, verified by tracking on his phone.

At 9.37am William was pictured barefoot on the verandah of the home in his Spider-Man outfit, in a snap which has now become central to the hunt for the toddler.

His foster mother reportedly said he was wearing shoes to protect his feet from bindiis and dog droppings when he vanished less than an hour later.

Police now believe there were no bindiis at the home, and the family dog was dead, reports The Daily Telegraph.

About 10am, William’s foster mother said she made tea for her and her mother, and sat with the boy on the rear verandah – not the tall verandah at the front, which is one focus of the new police search.

His foster mother told the 2019 inquest into his disappearance that the child had been playing with dice and pencils but changed to play a game called ‘Daddy Tiger’.

‘He crawled around on the ground for a bit, playing tiger. He jumped off the deck, ran around the side of the house and roared,’ she said.

The picture taken around half an hour earlier also shows William roaring for the camera.

Gerard Craddock, counsel assisting the coroner told the inquest: ‘Whilst dressed as a Spider-Man he was actually a tiger. You can see him roaring.’

Police estimated William vanished between 10.05am and 10.20am.

Around 10.30am, William’s foster father texted his wife to say he was returning home after buying newspapers nearby.

The foster mother said she saw the text after she had started looking for William.

At 10.57am, the foster mother called police and said they had been looking for him for ’15 or 20 minutes’.

At 11.06am, Senior Constable Christopher Rowley arrived at the scene and the police investigation began.

 

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William’s foster parents have both vehemently denied any involvement in his disappearance. Pictured: His foster father leaving their home on Wednesday

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William Tyrell’s foster mother – the main person of interest in the three-year-old’s disappearance – appeared in public on Wednesday as police step up their search for the missing toddler

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William Tyrrell’s foster family lead a $141,000 campaign to uncover what exactly happened to their little boy for seven years before they were identified as persons of interest

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Pictured: William Tyrrell age 3  

In light of the new information, William’s foster mother has become a person of interest in the case. Over the seven-year investigation, there have been hundreds of past persons of interest.

This does not necessarily suggest William’s mother is a suspect and she has vehemently denied any involvement in his disappearance.

 Former lead detective on the case, Gary Jubelin, on Thursday said he ‘ambushed and interrogated’ the child’s foster parents and formally interviewed them before ruling them out as persons of interest.

‘I saw no signs of William’s (foster) mother being involved in it,’ he said.

‘At the time I was taken off the investigation I was certainly of the belief (she) was not involved in it.’ 

Police are investigating the possibility William may have fallen from the balcony of his grandmother’s home, something Jubelin said was ‘looked at’ while he was on the case.

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, William Tyrrell&#8217;s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

A car seized by police looking for the remains of William Tyrrell was allegedly driven by his foster mother on the morning he vanished seven years ago. Police believe an object might have been thrown from the vehicle as it was driven along Batar Road at Kendall, which is in the middle of the massive police search site for William’s body

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, William Tyrrell&#8217;s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

Pictured: Who’s who is William Tyrrell’s complicated family tree – from his wealthy north shore foster parents to a ‘homeless’ biological dad and single mum raising his two younger brothers

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, William Tyrrell&#8217;s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said the renewed search (pictured, the house on Monday) would take two to three weeks

‘We investigated every theory, whether he was run over on the driveway, or fell over and hit his head on the rock or fell off the balcony – that’s the most obvious place when you look at the house where a child could injure themselves,’ he said.

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The former detective said police ‘flagged’ the possibility there was an accident that may have been covered up. 

Jubelin led the investigation into the missing toddler’s disappearance for five years until he resigned over misconduct allegations.

The ex-homicide detective was convicted of covertly recording four conversations with Paul Savage – who was wrongly singled out as a suspect in the case – and was fined $10,000. He later lost a subsequent appeal. 

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, William Tyrrell&#8217;s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

Detectives found what appears to be piece of material at the William Tyrrell dig site in Kendall on the NSW mid-north coast and compared it with a sample of red and blue Spider-Man suit cloth

Timeline of William Tyrrell’s disappearance

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, William Tyrrell&#8217;s foster mother gives her version of what happened at the home where he disappeared, The Today News USA

Still missing: William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandmother’s home five years ago

2014 

September 12 – Dressed in a Spider-Man outfit, three-year-old William Tyrrell goes missing from the garden while visiting members of his foster family on the NSW north coast. 

September 21 – Police stop searching for the missing boy after scouring surrounding bushland and neighbouring houses. 

2015 

January 20 – Police search the home and business of washing machine repairman Bill Spedding, who had been due to carry out repairs at the house at the time the three-year-old went missing.

Detectives take items for testing including a mattress, computer and vehicles. They drain his septic tank. 

January 23 – The washing machine repairman publicly denies any involvement in William’s disappearance and says he and his wife are on the verge of a breakdown due to the public attention.

February 19 – Homicide detectives take over the case and say it’s likely William was abducted. 

March 2 – Police fruitlessly search an area of bushland near Bonny Hills for three days after a tip-off. 

April 17 – William’s foster parents speak publicly for the first time in an emotional video released through police which does not identify them. 

April 17 – Police say the boy may have been a victim of a paedophile ring. 

September 6 – The Nine Network’s 60 Minutes reveal two suspicious cars were parked on the street the morning William went missing. 

September 12 – ‘Where’s William’ week is launched one year after he disappeared. 

2016 

September 12 – A $1million reward is offered for information leading to William’s return. 

2017 

August 24 – William’s foster child status is revealed after a landmark court ruling.

2018 

June 12 – NSW Police announce the start of a four-week forensic search of bushland conducted by Strike Force Rosann.

June 14 – William’s grandmother scolds police who have failed to find the young boy after four years, and claims their latest search is ‘just for show’.

June 26 – The forensic search continues on what would have been William’s seventh birthday.

June 27 – Strike Force Rosann announces it will move the search to an 800sqm block of bushland just 4km from where William was last seen alive.

June 5 – The latest search ends with Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin saying the case could soon go to a coroner. 

August – Investigation leader Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin and a sergeant get into a disagreement during a briefing.

September 13 – Police reveal they found a burned out car wreck belonging to a former person of interest.

December 19 – Coroners say William could still be alive and the inquest will determine if he died or not.

2019

February – DCI Jubelin is removed from the investigation amid a misconduct probe.

March 25 – The inquest into William Tyrrell’s disappearance begins, with William’s biological and foster parents appearing over the course of a week. 

The inquest’s first batch of hearings focused on William’s family situation and the events leading up to his disappearance. 

Both his foster and biological parents were quizzed, as were neighbours who helped in the search.   

It was disclosed that William’s biological parents absconded with him for six weeks in 2012, following a children’s court order.

William’s biological father slammed authorities for letting them down. 

‘Authorities f***ed up … The minister had a duty of care to keep William safe until he was 18. That was not the case at all.’

May: DCI Jubelin quits the Police Force.

June: Four charges of breaching the Surveillance Devices Act are laid against DCI Jubelin. He denies any wrongdoing whatsover

August: The second tranche of inquest hearings began on Wednesday August 7

Inquest hears Bill Spedding, a NSW mid-north coast repairman and one-time person of interest in the disappearance of William Tyrrell, met his wife for coffee about 9.30am in Laurieton, a 15-minute drive from Kendall, on the day William went missing.

They then attended a school assembly across the road to see a child in their care receive an award.

The inquest heard how a man who claims he saw William Tyrrell unrestrained in the back of a speeding car on the day the child went missing was waiting for police to interview him to tell them what he saw.

He told the inquest he contacted police but did not hear back about an interview.

It took it took almost 1000 days before he was able to reveal what he saw to police. 

The coroner orders an urgent probe into the final image that was taken on the day William vanished as metadata suggests the picture may have been taken 118 minutes earlier than originally thought.

The image has a ‘created time’ of 7.39am and a ‘corrected time’ of 9.37am, a new document from the 2000-page evidence brief. 

The coronial inquest has been delayed for another eight months with the next round of hearings happening in March 2020. 

November 11: The deputy state coroner releases footage of William Tyrrell and family at Heatherbrae McDonalds, on September 11, 2014

Feb – March 2020: Gary Jubelin defends four charges of illegally recording person of interest Paul Savage in court hearing

February 21: Daily Mail Australia reveals Frank Abbott was arrested in custody for the purposes of a police interview about William’s disappearance 

March 2020: The coronial inquest into William’s disappearance resumes but stops with two days to go due to the coronavirus outbreak

April 6, 2020: Magistrate Ross Hudson delivers his verdict in Gary Jubelin case

April 8, 2020: Jubelin is convicted of all four charges and fined $10,000. Ex-cop says he will appeal 

June 22, 2020: Police and SES launch new search for William Tyrrell near Herons Creek, where Abbott once lived

June 26, 2021: Police acknowledge William Tyrrell’s 10th birthday

November 15, 2021: Detectives return to Kendall after receiving new information and admit they are searching for a body. His foster parents are reported to be persons of interest in the case 

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