Police divers have searched a dam as detectives continue their search for William Tyrrell’s remains.
A pair of police divers entered the dam at 10 a.m. Thursday on private property near the main search area.
The two divers search the water for clues before making their way through a clearing back to Batar Creek Road, where officers are still raking through the sodden ground.
The specialist officers first arrived at the Batar Creek Road excavation site in Kendall on the north coast of NSW on Wednesday afternoon, where they inspected a stormwater tank at the home where William was last seen.
Police divers search a Kendall dam as detectives continue their hunt for William Tyrrell’s remains
Police divers are pictured at William Tyrrell’s foster grandmother’s home after returning to inspect a stormwater tank
A GoPro-style camera mounted on a pole was lowered into the tank to film what was inside, while a group of officers watched through a surveillance screen.
A creek in the primary dig zone has already been drained as detectives and RFS crews continue to search for William.
They hope his loved ones – and the public – will be closed by the end of the search.
But what was initially expected to take two to three weeks seems likely to take more than a month, as detectives expand the scope of the investigation to a radius of one square kilometer.
William Tyrrell (pictured) disappeared from his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall, on the north coast of NSW, in 2014, sparking a lengthy police investigation
Last week, police revealed they were investigating whether William had fallen from the balcony of his foster grandmother’s home to his death.
As the majority of the task force combed through bushland at the main search site on Batar Creek Road, a handful of officers were seen connecting a hose to the water tank.
It is not clear whether the tank was deflated during the initial search for William when he disappeared on September 12, 2014 seven years ago.
Within an hour, the dive crews had completed their inspection of the tank and left the dive site.
The house, once owned by the boy’s foster grandmother, now belongs to a man who has nothing to do with the business.
Members of the police diving crew lowered a GoPro camera mounted on a pole into the tank to film what was inside
His foster grandmother’s house (pictured) where William was allegedly playing outside before disappearing
He never came out to greet the police or inspect what they were doing with the water tank, and it’s clear that he handled all the commotion and constant interruptions with grace.
William’s foster grandmother was not required by law to report the grim recent history of the house to the new owner and her identity, like that of William’s foster parents, was suppressed.
On Monday, dozens of officers descended on the new owner’s home and told him they were investigating whether William’s remains could be on or near the property.
For the second time since moving into its quiet, peaceful cul-de-sac to the back of Kendall, the house’s new owner – who Daily Mail Australia has not named – was at the mercy of detectives simply doing their job.
“I have very, very much sympathy for him,” said one resident who has lived in the city all his life. “I’m just really sorry for him.”
The man has spent the past 11 days indoors with only the company of his pet Rottweiler, and he occasionally got out to run errands.
Forensic officers and detectives used their hands to sort dirt excavated by an excavator
The back porch (pictured) of the house has a five-meter drop to the ground – recently inspected by police
He tried to keep himself low while reporters camp in front of the front and police search his property for clues.
A specially trained cadaver dog was deployed to search under his home for evidence, his garden bed has been excavated and a concrete slab laid in the garage of the house was examined by the Australian Federal Police using a ground-penetrating scanner.
The AFP’s Forensic Imagery and Geometrics team examined any anomalies beneath the slab by bouncing an image off the machine’s radar.
He, like his neighbors and the wider community, would be hopeful that this search will yield a different outcome than in the past.
The new owner of the house is holed up as police teams search the house and surrounding land
A police forensic pathologist leads a digging team on Monday as they carefully search the site (pictured)
“This is the worst thing that ever happened to us here,” said a neighbor.
“We all want William to be found and put to rest when the time comes.”
But the revived quest has others on their toes. It’s not the first time they’ve heard whispers of a breakthrough in the case, and many are wary of regaining hope.
Police revealed that new information had led them back to Kendall, and three digs identified as potential secret burial sites have become the focus of their efforts.
Dozens of police officers have broken into the house in recent weeks to look for new clues to the disappearance (pictured)