‘Someone has taken him’: William’s carer

Update at 10.50am, Tuesday 26 March 2019:

William Tyrrell’s foster mother has told a coroner she immediately thought “someone has taken him” when the NSW town of Kendall fell quiet and the three-year-old boy vanished without a trace.

“I couldn’t hear a thing. It was silent, there was no wind, there were no birds,” the woman said in Sydney on Tuesday at an inquest into William’s disappearance and suspected death in September 2014.


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Counsel assisting the coroner, Gerard Craddock SC, asked: “In your experience, that little part of this little village, sound carries pretty well?”

“Oh, unbelievably. You can hear everything,” the foster carer replied.

She said she was left standing in the backyard of her mother’s house on the mid north coast wondering why she couldn’t hear William or see him in his red Spiderman suit because “it hasn’t been that long”.

He’d been playing “daddy tiger” and roaring at the two women.

“My immediate thought was somebody has taken him and he’s gone,” she said.

The woman, who cannot be identified, had a blue-and-red “Where’s William?” ribbon pinned to her chest as she sat in the witness box giving evidence.

On Monday, she testified having seen three cars on the street the morning he disappeared – including one white and one grey car parked between two driveways.

The woman on Tuesday said she didn’t realise until after William went missing that those two cars were gone.

“I know in hindsight that they weren’t there but whilst I was searching I didn’t. In the initial stage, it didn’t even occur to me that those cars weren’t there,” she said.

Mr Craddock said he expected the evidence before the inquest would establish William “was taken” and his disappearance “was the direct result of human intervention”.

The first week of hearings will explore William’s foster and biological families, when he disappeared and the action taken shortly after he went missing.

Family members, neighbours and police will give evidence.

Further hearings will be held in August when persons of interest will be called to testify.

The inquest before Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame continues.

© AAP 2019

Earlier at 8.41am, Tuesday 26 March 2019: William Tyrrell’s foster mother is due to return for a second emotional day of questioning at an inquest into the boy’s disappearance and suspected death.

The woman, who cannot be identified, on Monday told a Sydney coroner the three-year-old had been playing “daddy tiger” in his Spiderman suit but ran out of sight before everything went silent.

She had snapped a photo of William less than an hour before he vanished.

The woman said she saw three cars on the road outside her mother’s place in Kendall, on the NSW mid north coast, on the morning of his disappearance in September 2014.

Two of them were parked between driveways, which seemed “odd” for the quiet street, and she described all three cars as “old”.

“I can’t tell you how much I rack my brain and I beat myself up over not looking at number plates,” the foster carer said through tears.

She said she exchanged a fleeting look with the driver of the third vehicle, being a green or teal-looking car, who was Caucasian, in his late 50s, and a “big man” with a thick neck and “sandy, reddy-coloured” hair.

“I can see him as I’m talking to you. I can still see him and I can see that car,” she told counsel assisting the coroner, Gerard Craddock SC.

Mr Craddock said he expected the evidence before the inquest would establish William “was taken” and his disappearance “was the direct result of human intervention”.

The first week of hearings will explore William’s foster and biological families, when he disappeared and the action taken shortly after he went missing.

Family members, neighbours and police will give evidence.

Further hearings will be held in August when persons of interest will be called to testify.

The inquest before Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame continues.

© AAP 2019