William Tyrrell: Details Of What Police Believe Happened To Be Made Public

The details of what police believe happened to William Tyrrell will finally be made public this week as the inquest into his disappearance begins.

More than four years after three-year-old William vanished from his foster grandmother’s yard in the small town of Kendall, on the NSW’s Mid North Coast, the state coroner will investigate his suspected murder.

The inquest will run for five days this week, before resuming for four additional weeks in August.

It will include testimony from all the witnesses, investigators and persons of interest involved in the case, which have never been made public.

Among the witnesses compelled to testify will be neighbour Paul Savage, who lives across the road from where the toddler went missing.

Savage told 10 News First in January, he had “no idea” why he’s been called to give evidence.

Asked if he knew anything about what happened to William, he replied “no”.

Savage, in his 70s, was among the locals who mounted a search for the toddler in the hours after he disappeared from the front yard of the Benaroon Drive Home in September 2014.

He appeared via phone at the first coronial hearing in December last year, where he told the court he would arrange for a lawyer to represent him when the inquest gets underway this week.

Another man who will be giving evidence is washing machine repairman Bill Spedding, who has previously been investigated as a person of interest in the case.

No charges have ever been laid in relation to William’s disappearance and Spedding has always denied any involvement.

He has always denied any involvement.

When asked if the two men knew each other, Savage claimed in January they had never met.

“Off the cuff, no, I don’t think so,” he said.

It’s not yet known what involvement Detective Superintendent Gary Jubelin, who has been leading the Homicide investigation for more than three years, will have at the inquest.

He was stood down from the case last month amid allegations of misconduct, which he strongly denies.

William’s foster parents, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, will be present every day of the inquest and will be called to give evidence about what happened on that day.

Members of the NSW Public Order and Riot Squad search bushland in Kendall on the NSW mid-north coast. Photo: Getty

They have previously spoken of the moment William ran around the corner and out of sight while playing with his sister, but never returned.

An extensive search of surrounding houses and bushland was carried out by police, SES crews and local volunteers for days following his disappearance, but no trace of him has ever been found.


SEPTEMBER 12, 2014: William Tyrrell disappears from grandmother’s house at Kendall while playing with his sister.

SEPTEMBER 12-16, 2014: Police, State Emergency Services, Rural Fire Service and 200 volunteers search within a 3km radius for William. Police divers search waterways and dams.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014: Specialist police including sex crimes squad form Strike Force Rosann and join the search.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2014: Search for William scaled back after nine days.

JANUARY 20, 2015: Police search home of William Spedding, who was reportedly due to fix a washing machine at William’s grandmother’s house but never arrived. Spedding denies any wrongdoing.

MARCH 2, 2015: Homicide Squad begin a new search in dense bush at Bonny Hills after tip-off.

APRIL 17, 2015: Police reveal paedophile ring is under investigation.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2015: Police ask for information about two cars — a dark-grey sedan and a white station wagon — parked opposite the house on day William disappeared. Police also want to identify dark-green or grey sedan and 4WD seen near house.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016$1 million reward offered to find William or his body.

JUNE 12, 2018: NSW Police announce the start of a four-week forensic search of bushland in Kendall.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2018: The case is referred to the coroner.

DECEMBER 18, 2018: A preliminary hearing is held at the Coroner’s Court.