William Tyrrell 'May Have Been Murdered', Inquest Hears

William Tyrrell was probably taken from his foster grandparent’s house in a car, the inquest into the toddler’s disappearance was told. 

But Counsel Assisting Gerard Craddock SC said it simply was not known what had become of the young boy.

A packed hearing room, including William’s birth and foster families, sat quietly listening as the coronial inquest into his disappearance was re-opened in Sydney on Wednesday.

Craddock discussed the rapid and big search that occurred when the three year old went missing.

“Even if William had been moving quickly, it is not rational to think he may have made head on police, SES, fire services and the many citizens who flocked to Benaroon Drive to search for him on September 12, 2014,” Craddock said.

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“The conclusion that we will submit in due course, subject to any fresh evidence, is that William was taken from 48 Benaroon Drive and removed from the vicinity in all likelihood in a car."

Craddock said police thought early on that there must have been human intervention in the toddler’s disappearance -- that they were dealing with an abduction.

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“It became clear William did not just run away or become victim to accident or misadventure,” he said.

“William may have been murdered, it simply isn’t presently known what has become of William.”

Also listening to every word at the inquest on Wednesday was the former senior detective who ran the case, Gary Jubelin.

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His replacement, Detective Chief Inspector David Laidlaw, also attended.

Craddock pointed out it would be wrong to think anyone called before this inquest was guilty or innocent.

But he did stress it was possible some witnesses would deliver new leads into what happened to William.

“It would be a mistake to assume a particular person who is called to give evidence is guilty of abducting William,” Craddock said.

“NSW Police continue to believe the case can be solved.”

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