Police in New South Wales begun a new intensive search for a missing boy on Wednesday, June 13.
William Tyrrell vanished around 10.30 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2014. He was 3 years old at the time. He was last seen playing in the yard of his a foster grandmother’s home in Kendall, New South Wales, wearing a Spider-Man outfit.
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) September 12, 2014
Investigators say they will scrutinize previously searched areas and expand to new areas. The focus of the large-scale forensic search will be on Kendall bushland surrounding where William went missing.
In the 10 days after William disappeared, hundreds of local residents and emergency workers looked for the boy, but to no avail.
Police believe William was kidnapped. According to SBS News, detectives fear the boy had been targeted by a pedophile ring in the NSW north coast.
In 2016, the NSW government announced a $1 million reward for information to find him.
It is unclear what triggered the latest search, but it will involve a shift in focus from the original search.
“The initial search, while extensive, was focused only on finding William—a little boy who was lost—and not with a view of deliberate human intervention,” police said in a statement, reported The Guardian.
“As part of ongoing investigations … detectives will commence a four-week forensic search of bushland at Kendall [on Wednesday]. The operation is being coordinated by search experts from the public order and riot squad.”
William’s foster family released a statement in a Facebook post on the third anniversary of his disappearance saying, “We will never stop looking for you.”
“We will never give up hope that you will be found and returned home to the arms of your loved ones where you belong,” said the statement.
William, the second-eldest of four children, was removed from his biological mother as a 7-month-old due to concerns of domestic violence and drug use in the home, according to court documents, reported SBS News.
Police urge anyone with information about the disappearance of William Tyrrell to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.