William Tyrrell’s disappearance to be referred to coroner

Ahead of the fourth anniversary of William Tyrrell’s disappearance, NSW Police has confirmed it will refer the case to the coroner.

William, then three, vanished from his grandmother’s home in Kendall, on the NSW Mid North Coast, on September 12, 2014 and has not been seen since, in a mystery that has captured the country’s attention.

Ahead of the fourth anniversary of William Tyrrell's disappearance, NSW Police has confirmed they will refer the case to the coroner.

Ahead of the fourth anniversary of William Tyrrell's disappearance, NSW Police has confirmed they will refer the case to the coroner.

Missing boy William Tyrell was last seen in his grandmother's front yard wearing a Spiderman outfit. (Supplied, NSW Police)

Missing boy William Tyrell was last seen in his grandmother's front yard wearing a Spiderman outfit. (Supplied, NSW Police)

A NSW Police statement tonight said an inquest before Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame into the case has been proposed to be held next year.

“Her Honour has requested a brief of evidence, which will be provided by the year’s end,” the statement read.

“The brief will cover various aspects of the investigation, as determined by the Coroner.

“The inquest will be an opportunity to test information and evidence gathered by Strike Force Rosann and further the investigation.

“This is another step in ensuring answers are provided to William’s loved ones.”

A NSW Police statement said an inquest before Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame into the case has been proposed to be held next year.

A NSW Police statement said an inquest before Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame into the case has been proposed to be held next year.

Both William's biological and foster parents have been informed of the development.

Both William's biological and foster parents have been informed of the development.

Both William’s biological and foster parents have been informed of the development.

A wide-scale search in the hours and days following the disappearance failed to find any trace of William, who was wearing a Spider-man costume at the time.

Strike Force Rosann was launched to investigate William’s disappearance, which detectives believe was the result of human intervention.

A coronial inquest appeared likely after police, accompanied by Deputy State Coroner Grahame, returned to the site in June for a “forensic” four-week search.

A coronial inquest appeared likely after police, accompanied by Deputy State Coroner Grahame, returned to the site in June for a "forensic" four-week search.

A coronial inquest appeared likely after police, accompanied by Deputy State Coroner Grahame, returned to the site in June for a "forensic" four-week search.

The search failed to find any trace of William.

The search failed to find any trace of William.

William was three-years-old when he disappeared.

William was three-years-old when he disappeared.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin, who has led the investigation, said where the initial search focused on finding a “little boy lost”, the new sweep was launched to collect any remaining physical evidence.

“The purpose of this is that if we present evidence to a court, whether coronial or criminal, (police can show) beyond reasonable doubt that William’s disappearance was the result of human intervention and not through misadventure,” he told reporters at the time.

A $1 million reward is still on offer for information that leads to William’s recovery.

“Until we know conclusively that William is not alive, we’ll treat it with the possibility that he still is alive,” Mr Jubelin said in June.

“But obviously we have grave concerns.”

William’s families have been ruled out as suspects in his disappearance.

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