William Tyrrell: Search Extended As Police Uncover New Information

Officers are combing a small, 800 square metre area of dense bushland about 4km from where William was last seen.

What you need to know
  • The search for William Tyrrell has focused on an 800 square meter area about a six minute drive from where he went missing
  • Two dozen officers are combing the dense bushland with rakes
  • It's believed a "high risk person of interest" led police to this location

The fresh search for William Tyrrell is being extended to Friday, with police uncovering potential new clues.

A forensic search of the dense bushland at Batar Creek in the mid-north NSW coast entered day two on Thursday, with police using rakes and shovels to comb the swamp-like area for signs of the missing toddler.

It’s believed the actions of a “high risk person of interest” led authorities to this location, which is about 4km away from where William was last seen.

It’s a much smaller area that the previous search location -- an area of just 800 square meters between Batar Creek Road and Cedar Loggers Lane.

The new search area at Batar Creek is about six minute drive away from where William was last seen in Kendall.

“It’s pretty dense jungle, isn’t it,” neighbour Clive Wilmot told Ten Eyewitness News. “It’s not really a jungle, but pretty dense bushland. You could search in there for days and weeks and not find anything.”

Officers were led to the new search site at Batar Creek based on information they've had for quite some time, but for "operational reasons" did not act on it until now.

Police are also looking to speak to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area recently, as well as around the time William disappeared.

It has led to suggestion that perhaps the person who took William more than three years ago may have returned to the site recently.

The search of the new site, near Cedar Loggers Lane and Batar Creek Road, is expected to take to days.

More than 50 officers have spent the past two weeks conducting a forensic search of a three kilometre square area in Kendall on the mid-north NSW coast.

William went missing from his grandmother's house in Kendall on September 12, 2014.

He would have turned seven on Tuesday.