1. Police are investigating a new person of interest in the disappearance of William Tyrrell.
A person who once lived at a sawmill which was searched a fortnight ago is a person of interest in the 2014 disappearance of William Tyrrell and will give evidence at his inquest next year.
Frank Abbott is expected to testify at the NSW inquest into the suspected abduction of three-year-old William when it resumes in March 2020, a source has told AAP.
Abbott was living in a caravan on a sawmill near Kendall, on NSW’s mid north coast, when the toddler disappeared five years ago, Ten News reported on Wednesday.
The property was about eight kilometres away from where William went missing from foster grandmother’s home about 10.15am on September 12 in 2014.
Police, sniffer dogs and SES personnel searched the sawmill on Herons Creek Road two weeks ago as the inquest was sitting in Taree.
Heavy machinery was used to move logs during the search with police tight-lipped at the time as to why they were interested in the property.
No one has ever been charged in relation to William’s disappearance.
Hundreds of people have been dubbed “persons of interest” during the investigation and a case detective admitted during the inquest there’s “a very low standard to meet in order to become a person of interest”.
Counsel assisting the coroner Gerard Craddock SC in early August stressed that any suggestion those called to give evidence were suspects was “simply wrong”.
“This is an inquest and not a criminal trial,” he said.
Questions are also being asked about evidence provided by Kendall resident Ronald Chapman, who said he saw a woman drive past his Laurel Street home on the day William went missing, in a “fawn-coloured four-wheel drive” with a boy dressed in a Spider-Man suit in the back seat.
“In the backseat was a young boy with his hands up on the window [facing] outwards on the glass of the window,” Chapman told the inquest, as reported by the ABC.
“He was standing and unrestrained. He wasn’t crying. He was wearing a Spider-Man suit.
“I definitely saw William. I am 100 per cent certain it was William in the back of the car… no doubt.”
Chapman, a retiree, described the driver he saw as a woman “in her late 20s or early 30s,” with blonde tied-up hair.
The inquest for 2019 ended last week and is set to resume in March 2020.
2. “It is a tragic situation.” Woman’s body found in Brisbane park.
A young woman’s body has been discovered underneath a railway bridge in Brisbane’s inner-north. https://t.co/gojGKVZ9iN
— 10 News First (@10NewsFirst) September 4, 2019