IT has been 2073 days since a little boy wearing a Spiderman suit vanished from the yard of his grandmother's home in the small country town of Kendall.
William Tyrrell was just three years old. He has not been seen since.
Despite a dogged six year investigation by officers manning Strike Force Rosann, and hundreds of interviews with persons of interest, the one vital piece of information is yet to be found in this puzzling and heartbreaking missing person's case.
In Australia, two young people under the age of 18 are reported missing every hour.
International Missing Children's Day raises awareness of the phenomenon of missing children and encourages everyone to think about children who remain missing and to spread a message of hope.
The Where's William website, established with the blessing of William's foster parents after his disappearance, remains hopeful that someone who knows something will come forward.
Former chief detective and head of Strike Force Rosann, Gary Jubelin, who was stood down from the investigation and NSW Police Force after being found guilty of unlawful behaviour over illegal recordings made with person of interest Paul Savage, says the Tyrrell case is one that will remain with him until answers are found.
In a podcast series Where's William Tyrrell by Leah Harris, Mr Jubelin says he is "tortured" by the fact William is still missing and he could not solve the crime.
We can't accept, and when I say we I'm talking we as a society, that a three year old child just vanishes from a street in a small country town. It just doesn't make sense.Gary Jubelin
Mr Jubelin said he has paid the price for decisions he still stands by as a part of his role in the investigation. The experienced former homicide detective firmly believes William's disappearance is the result of human intervention.
"I think all cases are solvable. It has been a lot more difficult with what's taken place in the last 14 months. I hope they put the resources in and the energy in to finding out what happened to William," Mr Jubelin told Ms Harris in her latest podcast interview.
"We can't accept, and when I say we I'm talking we as a society, that a three year old child just vanishes from a street in a small country town. It just doesn't make sense.
"We've got to continue to pursue it until we find out what has happened.
"The pain the foster parents and the birth parents and the whole family and the extended family have gone through - no one should have to go through that.
"It won't bring them closure but it will bring them some comfort if they find out what has happened to William. It must be eating them alive."
A coronial inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell continues. It is being heard before Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame.
It was put on hold on March 18 due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 health crisis. There is no date set yet for the inquest's resumption.
It ceased before hearing from convicted pedophile and key person of interest Frank Abbott. Abbott, who watched the proceedings from Cessnock Correctional Centre via video link earlier this year and is representing himself, was one of 38 people included on the witness list.
At the opening of the inquest in March 2019, counsel assisting the coroner, Gerard Craddock SC told the court the statistics for missing children were not in favour of survival beyond a few hours.
"That doesn't mean all the searching day and night with massive resources was wasted," he said, adding there was no evidence for such a conclusion.
"It's a chilling statistic but it's no basis for making any finding about William.
"William is no statistic."
No one has ever been charged over the disappearance of William Tyrrell who vanished on the morning of September 12, 2014.
A $1 million reward remains in place for information leading to the return or recovery of William. It is one of the highest monetary rewards on offer for a missing person in NSW.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
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