William Tyrrell: Convicted Paedophile New Key Person Of Interest
A convicted paedophile living near Kendall when William Tyrrell disappeared has been targeted by detectives investigating the case.
10 News First can exclusively reveal Frank Abbott is a key person of interest in the disappearance and suspected abduction of the toddler, set to testify at the inquest from his jail cell.
Detectives searched a property in Herons Creek, near Kendall, just days ago looking for evidence.
Abbott was living in a caravan on the sawmill property, on Herons Creek Rd, in September 2014.
The property is about 8km from William’s foster grandmother’s house on Benaroon Drive, where the three-year-old boy was last seen playing on the morning of September 12.
Abbott has since been sent to jail for a minimum of 16 years after being convicted of 10 counts of sexual misconduct against three children, one as young as seven years old.
But locals say they avoided Abbott, now in his 70s, long before his arrest.
Former neighbours Peter and Jodie, who did not want their surname published, told 10 News First they were worried for their young daughters when Abbott lived in a caravan next door to their home in the year after William disappeared.
“With two young girls, you get that feeling about someone that something's not right,” Jodie said.
“I worried for Jodie and the kids, yeah,” Peter said.
The pair say they had a “bad feeling” about Abbott and eventually went to police because they suspected he was abusing their pet dog.
They also reported him to the council and asked for him to be moved on.
“I went to the council because I just wanted him gone and I wanted the kids to be able to play in the yard safely,” Jodie said.
Abbott is expected to testify via video link when the inquest into William Tyrrell’s disappearance resumes in March 2020.