Investigators searching for William Tyrrell’s remains have found a red piece of fabric not far from where the boy vanished more than seven years ago.
Police were photographed on Monday with the faded scrap of material after they pulled it from a drained creek bed before the renewed search for the missing boy entered its 23rd day on Tuesday.
William was last photographed wearing a red-and-black Spider-Man suit – an image that is now synonymous with what has become one of Australia’s most baffling missing person cases.
He was three years old when he disappeared in September 2014 from a home that belonged to his foster grandmother in the NSW mid-north coast town of Kendall.
The Daily Telegraph reported that police discovered the fabric at the base of a tree in the muddy waterway and bagged it as evidence shortly after 3.30pm on Monday.
Rural Fire Service volunteers earlier in the day had pumped out a new section of creek, east of the Batar Creek Rd on the outskirts of Kendall.
Camera IconInvestigators searching for the remains of William Tyrrell plucked a faded red piece of material from a drained creek on Monday. Supplied Credit: Supplied
Detectives and emergency services personnel have been scouring the creek and bushland near Kendall under the guidance of a hydrologist and forensic experts.
Their search has been hampered by heavy rain that has forced RFS personnel to repump parts of the creek each time it fills with rain.
Police began Monday afternoon digging through the newly drained section of the creek where they discovered the scrap of red fabric.
The investigation team returned to Kendall last month to launch a renewed search acting on what police said was new information in the case.
Camera IconWilliam has never been found. Supplied Credit: Supplied
NSW’s newly appointed Police Commissioner Karen Webb said on November 25 she didn’t believe William’s DNA had so far been found on any of the evidence bagged in Kendall in the two weeks prior.
“(There have been) many exhibits taken that will be examined but that takes time,” she told Sydney radio 2GB.
“It’s a long laborious search and obviously the weather conditions up there are unfavourable, but police will pursue this no matter what.”
William has never been found despite years of detective work, the identification of hundreds of people of interest, a $1m reward for information and a coronial inquiry that remains open.
There was heavy rain in Kendall again on Tuesday morning, refilling the creek and creating muddy conditions for investigators.Internet Explorer Channel Network