Police dig up garden where boy, 3, dubbed 'Australia’s Madeleine McCann' last seen

William Tyrell, known as Australia’s Madeleine McCann, was just three years old when he disappeared from his foster grandmother’s garden in Kendall, New South Wales

Police have pressured several suspects in the years since William’s disappearance, but each person was eventually disfellowshipped (

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Police are digging up the garden where missing boy William Tyrell was last seen 7 years ago to investigate whether he fell from a balcony on the property.

William, dubbed Australia’s Madeleine McCann, was only three years old when he disappeared from the house in 2014.

That was seven years ago, and although one of the largest manhunts in Australia was started, there has been no trace of the little boy since.

But police on the north New South Wales coast said yesterday they are on a new search for Williams’ body.

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NSW police bring in a mechanical sieve during a search of the front yard of William Tyrrell’s foster grandmother’s house in Kendall
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Corresponding 9 news reports, Hundreds of officers and dozen rural fire service volunteers are conducting a new search around the boy’s foster grandmother’s home in Kendall.

Investigators dig up the garden under a balcony on the second floor and search the dirt with a chemical that detects traces of blood while looking for clues as to what happened to William.

This morning NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said 2GB that he was “confident” that the team that was investigating could solve the problem.

When asked if the detectives were focusing on someone of interest, Mr. Fuller added, “In my opinion, the investigators assume that there is certainly one person whom we are closely investigating.”

This morning NSW Police Minister David Elliot also said he had confidence in the investigators.

“The police would not use these resources if they did not put that energy into a search of this magnitude unless they were confident of at least some additional information about William’s disappearance,” he said.

Corresponding 9 news reportsIt was expected that volunteers from the police and rural fire brigade would be used in the search for two to three weeks.

“We have an excellent rural fire department here in NSW,” said Elliott.

Seven years after his disappearance, detectives have started a new search for the remains of missing boy William Tyrrell
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“They are experts in handling the soil, identifying soil that may have been moved, in any soil that has been churned, and looking for it.”

Crime scene intelligence reports described the search as “very focused,” with the search centered on bushland on the road at Batar Creek Road Kendall on the corner of Cobb and Co Road.

“This is an area that has now become the focus of attention. There are three places here that are of significant interest to the police.”

Investigators included specialists including an archaeologist and a human remains specialist.

William was just three years old when he disappeared
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It became known that William’s sister was removed from the care of her foster parents
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NSW Police’s Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett did not answer questions yesterday about whether the police had received a lead or a human source was involved in the decision to initiate the new operation.

However, he made it clear that the search would focus on new areas and go underground, as well as include “special aids” and new technologies.

“If we find something, the very likely it is a corpse,” he said. “We’re looking for the remains of William Tyrrell, there’s no doubt about that.”

The search was guided by “the holistic nature of a number of pieces of evidence,” added Chief Superintendent Bennett, which police believed gave them the best chance of finding him.

Rural Fire Brigade volunteers search a bush area 1 km from the former home of William Tyrrell’s foster grandmother
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William was dressed in a Spiderman costume when he disappeared in broad daylight on September 11, 2014, while he was playing hide and seek in the safe garden of his foster grandmother.

Williams’ foster parents had taken him and his five-year-old sister for the three hour drive to visit his foster grandmother at their house on the edge of the woods in Kendall on the north coast of New South Wales.

The next day, his father went to get a better signal for his business call, and his mother and grandmother say they have tea in the sun while they watch William in his favorite Spiderman costume and his sister hide in the garden around the House watching.

Forensic services in the front yard of the Kendall house
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Around 10:30 am the women went in to make more tea, and when they returned five minutes later he was gone.

The last thing his mother remembers is her son mimicking the roar of a tiger as he runs down the wall to hide.

Police have pressured several suspects in the years since William’s disappearance, but each person was eventually disfellowshipped.

Today it became known that William’s sister has been removed from the care of her foster parents.

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