Search for William Tyrrell: Detectives investigate theory of fall from balcony at Kendall’s adoptive grandmother

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Police converged on the lawn of the house where William Tyrrell was last seen more than seven years ago.

The then three-year-old boy – dressed in a Spider-Man outfit – disappeared while playing in the garden of his adoptive grandmother’s home in Kendall shortly before 10.30am on September 12, 2014.

On Monday, NSW Police announced they were conducting a new ‘high-intensity’ search for William’s remains at three locations near Kendall’s home after ‘new evidence’ was received.

7NEWS understands that investigators are working on a theory that William may have died from a balcony on the second floor of the house.

On Tuesday morning, officers were seen digging up and examining parts of the garden bed which sits directly below the balcony, as seen in the video above.

Police were seen searching the front garden of William’s adoptive grandmother’s former home. Credit: Mick Tsikas/AAPIMAGE
NSW Police sift through debris from the front garden of William's adoptive grandmother's former home in Kendall.
NSW Police sift through debris from the front garden of William’s adoptive grandmother’s former home in Kendall. Credit: Mick Tsikas/AAPIMAGE

Corpse dogs were also seen taken around the perimeter of the garden.

In the seven years since William’s disappearance, the garden bed has never been searched.

William’s adoptive parents have never been publicly named for legal reasons.

Police returned to the home where William was last seen with dead dogs on Tuesday.
Police returned to the home where William was last seen with dead dogs on Tuesday. Credit: 7NEWS
NSW Police are seen removing and sifting through parts of the garden bed.
NSW Police are seen removing and sifting through parts of the garden bed. Credit: New South Wales Police

Resident Viv Gunter, who has lived opposite the house for two years, said it was “strange” that police had returned there after seven years.

“I didn’t think this new evidence would bring home,” he told reporters, “it seems a little strange to me.”

Officers also returned to a site about 1km from the house, using chainsaws and other heavy equipment to clear the dense bush, in search of William’s remains.

On Monday, Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said: ‘It’s highly likely that if we found anything it would be a body. We are looking for the remains of William Tyrrell, there is no doubt about that.

‘One person’

On Tuesday morning, Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said there had been significant progress in the case and he is confident police will solve the mystery.

“There is definitely one person in particular that we are watching closely,” he said. 2 GB Tuesday.

“I certainly don’t want to declare too much because, again, in these cases you don’t want to jeopardize a potential outcome.

“Officers have worked tirelessly to get to this point where we are searching for land, again using the best technology available.”

The findings of a coroner’s inquest into William’s disappearance, which concluded last year, have yet to be released.

A $1 million reward for information on the case still stands.

– with PAA

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