Court reveals William Tyrrell was in foster care when he went missing

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 25, 2017

LITTLE boy lost William Tyrrell, the three-year-old who went missing nearly three years ago, was a foster child in care at the time of his disappearance, it's been revealed.

William was last seen wearing this spider-man costume. He would now be six years old.

Court of Appeal documents say because William was under the care of the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, as a foster child, the information could be released because it was of "legitimate public interest", A Current Affair reported.

Justice Brereton disagreed with the stance of the The Department of Family and Community Services that releasing the information would have a negative effect on the case.

"The notion that the efforts of trained and experienced police investigators might be distracted - presumably by an influx of pseudo-information in the nature of rumour and speculation - is quite unconvincing", he said in the judgement, according to A Current Affair.

However, on Wednesday, the Court of Appeal ruled that the adverse affect on his welfare was diminished by the tragic probability that he is dead.

There is no suggestion that either William's biological or foster families were involved in his disappearance, have any knowledge of his whereabouts or are at fault in any way.

William Tyrrell was in foster care when he disappeared
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William disappeared from his foster grandmother's home in Kendall, NSW.

Police search dense bushland for evidence of the missing boy.

Police and up to 200 volunteers scoured the area in the days following his disappearance.

Along with the legal complications, William's foster parents were also reluctant to expose his siblings to public scrutiny.

"If somebody has him, and if he is alive, I want him to be safe".

"If he is alive, if somebody has him, I want to be feeling loved, I. They deserve an opportunity for privacy", his foster mother said in 2015.

Almost 700 people were in the investigators' sights a year ago and in September a A$1 million ($1.1m) reward for information on William's disappearance was announced.

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