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William Tyrrell Inquest Starts Today

The first day of an inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrell has begun with the movements of the three-year-old and his foster parents on the morning he went missing.

The NSW Coroners Court has heard William was wearing the Spiderman suit he loved as he pretended to a be a tiger, loudly roaring in his grandmother’s backyard in the Mid-North Coast town of Kendall.

When things went too quiet, his foster mother and nanna spent 15 to 20 minutes looking for him before calling 000.

That call has been played in court as evidence, the foster mother’s voice shaking as she told the operator “my son’s missing” and that there’d been no suspicious people or vehicles in the area she was aware of.

Counsel assisting the coroner, Gerard Craddock SC, said police were on the scene searching for William within 10 minutes of that call being made, despite it being an area he described as “isolated” and “effectively a dead end”.

Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame said to have a missing child is “the greatest pain anyone can experience”.

A NSW coroner has been told it is likely to find it "was the direct result of human intervention", a NSW coroner has been told.

"If the evidence establishes that William was abducted, that conclusion is chilling because it means a person snatched a three-year-old from the safety of a quiet village backyard," counsel assisting the coroner, Gerard Craddock SC, said in his opening address on Monday.

"That person, with whatever his or her proclivities and interests, remains in our community."


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