The coronial inquest into the disappearance and suspected death of William Tyrrell, who was last seen playing in his foster grandmother’s front yard on NSW’s mid north coast on September 12, 2014, begins today.
The three-and-a-half-year old vanished while wearing a Spider-man costume, and his image was splashed across news outlets as police asked the public to come forward with any information relating to his disappearance, but no trace of William has ever been found.
A brief of evidence, which Nine News reports contains “over 15,000 items” is set to go before Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame this morning. The first two weeks of the proceedings are set to look at the police’s initial investigation as they began to suspect abduction, as well as looking at William’s foster and biological families and the period of time around the disappearance.
The Sun-Herald and Sunday Age also reported that the inquest was set to “zero in on one particular man, who has never been publicly discussed by detectives or known to be the focus of the investigation.” The Nine News report adds that “sources say one so-far unidentified person will be watched closely when they are called in front of the inquest.”
While hundreds of suspects were once on investigators’ radars as police looked into known pedophiles and sex offenders in the areas surrounding the town of Kendall where William’s grandmother lived, the list has been whittled down to a select few for the inquest.