Homicide police have raided properties in a town on the New South Wales mid-north coast in the search for missing boy William Tyrell.
The Homicide Squad reportedly led searches in Laurieton, near Kendall, where the three-year-old boy vanished from his grandmother’s house on September 12, 2014.
William was in the small town for less than 24 hours. He was playing with his sister and wearing a Spiderman suit when he disappeared from the home located near bushland at the end of a cul-de-sac.
A large-scale search was carried out at the time of the boy’s disappearance but failed to find any trace of him.
Local police and the Sex Crimes Squad are involved and it is understood that the investigation is pursuing the possibility of abduction.
“We don’t think he has just wandered off somewhere,” a senior officer told Fairfax Media.
New South Wales Police released a statement saying that they are speaking to a number of people as part of their enquiries.
Police would not confirm whether anything had been seized during the searches.
According to Fairfax, a local employee said police had spent most of the day searching the premises.
“They’ve been here all day from what we could tell – just forensic people here all day,” the man, who did not wish to be named, said.
“They left this afternoon and took a whole lot of things with them,” he said.
“The detectives have been in and out all day, up and down the stairs.”
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
– with ABC