The events since William Tyrrell vanished

Three-year-old William Tyrrell has been missing for three years.
Three-year-old William Tyrrell has been missing for three years.

TIMELINE OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIAM TYRRELL

2014

* SEPTEMBER 12 - Dressed in a Spiderman outfit, three-year-old William Tyrrell goes missing from the front yard of his foster grandmother's home in Kendall, 40km south of Port Macquarie.

* SEPTEMBER 21 -Police stop searching for the missing boy after scouring surrounding bushland and neighbouring houses.

William Tyrrell

William Tyrrell

2015

*JANUARY 20 - Police search the home and business of washing machine repairman William Spedding, who had been due to carry out repairs at the Kendall house at the time the boy disappeared.

*JANUARY 23 - Spedding publicly denies any involvement in William's disappearance and no charges have been laid against him.

* FEBRUARY 19 - Homicide detectives take over the case and say it's likely William was abducted.

* MARCH 2 - Police search bushland near Bonny Hills for three days after a tip-off.

* APRIL 17 - William's foster parents speak publicly for the first time in an emotional video released through police which does not identify them.

* APRIL17 - Police say the boy may have been a victim of a pedophile ring.

* SEPTEMBER 12 - "Where's William" week is launched one year after he disappeared.

2016

* SEPTEMBER 12 -A $1 million reward is offered for information leading to William's return.

Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin

Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin

2017

* AUGUST 24 - William's foster child status is revealed after a court ruling.

2018

* JUNE 12 - NSW Police announce the start of a four-week forensic search of bushland in Kendall.

Australian Associated Press