A STRIKE Force including sex crimes investigators has been established following William Tyrell’s disappearance, five days after the three-year-old went missing near Kendall.
Police made the announcement on Tuesday during an afternoon update at Kendall Showground.
Strike Force Rosann is based at Port Macquarie and includes detectives from the Mid-North Coast and Manning-Great Lakes Local Area Command.
But it also includes officers from the State Crime Command and Forensic Services Group, in the strongest sign police are now focusing more on the investigation of how, or why, the little boy disappeared. The State Crime Command, under its Serious Crime Directorate, investigates sex crimes as well as disappearance cases.
Superintendent Paul Fehon said the search will continue “while there is still a chance William is out there.”
Resources from nearby LACs will be used along with officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad, Police Mounted Unit, Police Dog Unit, Aviation Support and Trail and Bike Squad. on Tuesday afternoon police divers searched previously-checked waterways, while hundreds of searchers roamed hillocks and scrub around the Camden Haven village’s southwest.
Superintendent Fehon thanked those who donated their time to the search.
“There are hundreds of people on the ground who are searching for William, as well as resources on land and in the air, on horseback, trail bikes and 4WD and we still haven’t found him yet. As a consequence we are making this appeal for any information from the public,” Supt Fehon said.
Police said the investigation has been widened to include the possibility that someone came in from out of the area who may know more.
“We are appealing for anyone who saw any people or vehicles in the vicinity of Benaroon Drive or in the Kendall township on Friday to contact police.”