8th July 2020
Searching for William
From those first horrific moments when we’d realised that William was missing, a sense of unimaginable panic and fear has gripped our hearts. On that terrible day we called for him – William. William where are you? Where are you William? We called the police – our boy is missing. We ran from house-to-house searching for our precious boy. We ran up and down Benaroon Drive, sobbing, frantically calling his name and knocking on doors. Have you seen William? Have you seen a little boy in a Spiderman suit? Our panic and fear was palpable. We had to find William.
Soon neighbours heard our cries and came to help us search. Police, emergency services and the SES came to search. Children, teenagers on bikes and mothers pushing prams came to help search. The town of Kendall all came to help search for our precious little boy. We searched everywhere. We searched in drains. We searched in bush – bush so rugged and so overcome with lantana that it seemed impossible for William to have ventured there; but we searched there anyway trying to find our boy. We searched under houses, in sheds, in garages. We searched along bush tracks, anywhere that William might have wandered. We called his name – William. No one could stop us searching for our boy. We had to find him. From first light and well into the night we searched. That first dark day became the second, and the second became the third – Every day our search continued – a family and a community united, searching for William in any possible place that he might have wandered off to.
It’s now been 2127 heartbreaking days since those first dark moments, days and weeks of absolute terror, but we have never given up the search for our precious little boy. We will never give up the search to find William and bring him home.
STATEMENT: 6th April 2020: 4:00pm AEST
Where’s the Justice for William and the People of NSW?
From the moment Gary Jubelin was appointed to lead Strike Force Rosann, he lived and breathed the investigation with absolute commitment to finding out what has happened to William.
From the outset, Gary and a dedicated few in Strike Force Rosann were faced with enormous challenges, barriers and constant distractions that have consistently diverted resources away from the investigation to find a 3-year-old little boy.
And yet, even when faced with these extreme obstacles, Gary and those who shared his passion and commitment, have lived and breathed this purpose with undying dedication and always to bring justice for William and all those who love him.
There is little doubt that this wouldn’t be the first occasion when someone with this level of responsibility has gone above and beyond, crossing boundaries and creating new boundaries to achieve an outcome and justice for 3-year-old child and their loved ones.
Irrespective of the decision handed down today by Magistrate Ross Hudson, the situation is that Gary and his dedicated team members have given everything within their power in their resolve to finding William – even often at great personal expense and loss.
Where’s the justice for William? Where’s the justice for William and his loved ones?
Significantly, where is the justice for the people of NSW? In the absence of justice for William, every day this heinous crime remains unsolved the perpetrator or perpetrators remain at large and capable of committing monstrous crimes against innocent children and their families.
Where’s William? Campaign Welcomes Support from Daniel Morcombe Foundation
As we approach the next phase in the search for William, the Where’s William? Campaign would like to sincerely thank Denise and Bruce Morecombe and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation for their care and support for William’s loved ones and their invaluable assistance with the Where’s William? Campaign. Your support means a great deal to us all.
The Where’s William? Campaign would also like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed their support to the search for William.
Thank you to the amazing dedicated team at Crime Stoppers who take the calls that we hope will one day lead police to William.
To the hundreds of volunteers who searched for William on that tragic day and the days, weeks and months that followed and never gave up hope.
To the community of Kendall who continue to support the campaign and keep William in the hearts and minds of the people of the mid-north coast.
To our special volunteers from all corners of Australia – a group of amazing women who are always there when we need them.
To NSW Police for your efforts in the search for William, in particular, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin and his team at Strike Force Rosann for your years of professionalism, compassion, and dedicated service in your commitment to finding out what has happened to William.
To the former Commissioner of NSW Police, Andrew Scipione, the former Minister for Police, Troy Grant and the former Premier of NSW, Mike Baird who each threw their full support behind the first $1Million reward offered in NSW in the hope that it would lead police to William.
To the media who consistently remind Australians that William is still missing and needs to come home.
And, to those who have contributed invaluable sponsorship especially oOh! Media and to all those who have made large and small donations to support the search for William; our heartfelt thanks to you all.
Sponsorship has played a vital role in extending the reach of the campaign to find William. The generosity of many individuals and companies who sponsored various campaign components was enormous, in particular, oOh! Media. Commencing in 2015 with the erection of 3 printed billboards in the Port Macquarie region, this was followed by extensive national out-of-home advertising campaigns for the announcement of the $1Million reward and for key anniversary dates. Thanks to oOh!, William’s message featured nationally on hundreds of roadside digital billboards, in café’s, elevators and shopping centres, multiple times. The dollar value of their sponsorship exceeded millions of dollars but no price could ever be put on the incredible generosity and support oOh! have provided in our search for William.
WHERE’S WILLIAM? CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING
The Where’s William? Campaign was developed and is managed pro-bono and has had tremendous support from a number of sponsors. However, with every campaign there are essential out-of-pocket expenses. To ensure transparency and accountability, those behind the campaign required that all donations be processed by a registered charity rather than through a GoFundMe page.
Our thanks to our former charity partner, Bravehearts, who accepted donations on behalf of the Where’s William? Campaign. Between 11 June 2015 and the 7 December 2018 (3-and-a-half years), $183,248.00 was raised from individual donations and merchandise sales to cover out-of-pocket expenses in the search for William.
We are extremely grateful to all our donors especially Dick and Pippa Smith who generously donated the initial $10,000 seed funding to kick-start the campaign by funding brand and campaign collateral development.
Within the first 3 months, a number of large donations were made including funds raised from an event held by a friend of William’s loved ones. This private event raised an amazing $36,313.00 which included a $10,000.00 donation. A number of large donations were made by people and organisations wanting to help find William including; Brookfield Multiplex, Electrical Trade Union, the Savannah Trust, City of Moonee Valley and others who prefer to remain anonymous.
Above all, the tremendous love and support shown to William by many individuals and families from around Australia who donated amounts ranging from $10 to $100, was overwhelming.
WHERE’S WILLIAM? CAMPAIGN EXPENSES
From 26 Jun 2015 to 7 December 2018, William’s campaign expenses were $141,061.00 (over 3-and-a-half years) with a wide range of out-of-pocket expenses incurred in 2015 and 2016 to establish and roll out the campaign. Expenses incurred include; graphic design, website build, domain name registrations, hosting and security, advertising (predominantly on social media platforms), media distribution and monitoring, event costs including transport, sound equipment, ad production, printing (excluding sponsored), merchandise production (T-Shirts, hats, ribbons), pull-up banners, drink coasters (production and distribution across the NSW mid-north coast), the production of taxi back advertising; and, postage to a large number of supporters around Australia including 824 MPs and 563 Councils.
When William’s disappearance was referred to the NSW State Coroner, those behind the campaign felt there would be no further need to raise funds to cover campaign expenses. As a result, on 14 January 2019, the donate button was removed from William’s website. However, following the recent changes to the police investigation in May 2019, the donate button was reintroduced to William’s website. The balance of funds held by our former charity partner was transferred to our new charity partner, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation with all donations deposited directly into a trust account held by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
For those wishing to support the search for William, donations can be made online through mycause.
Our heartfelt thanks to you all!
The Where’s William? Campaign is proud to be involved with the Where’s William Tyrrell? Podcast produced by 10 Speaks and featuring on 10 Daily. With episodes 1 and 2 hitting number one in Australia and new episodes being released every Monday over coming weeks, it is our heartfelt hope that with the release of new information, it will help lead police to William.
Podcasts? What Are They?
Podcasts are audio shows for users to listen to at their own leisure with programming available for free. Listening is easy, you just need an app on your phone and then choose which shows to download. Most phones come with free preinstalled podcast players which allow you to subscribe to specific podcasts and download episodes. The four main players are:
Apple Podcast (preinstalled iPhone): For iphone users this app comes preinstalled on your phone and offers a quick and easy way to access podcasts. Just search for the Where’s William Tyrrell? Podcast, subscribe, download and listen. It’s free.
Google Play Music (preinstalled Android): Android users can use Google’s music streaming app, which comes preinstalled on your phone and supports podcasts. There is also a version of this app which runs in a web browser, so you can listen from a computer. It’s also free.
Spotify (download App): Spotify is known as a music streaming service, but they also stream specially selected podcasts. The Where’s William Tyrrell? Podcast has been selected and is available to listen to on both the free and Premium (paid subscription) platforms. Note, if using the free version, you’ll have to listen to ads between episodes.
Acast (download App): Acast is a free podcast player available as both an app or you can listen to podcasts on their website. Like Spotify, there are free and paid subscriptions. The Where’s William Tyrrell? Podcast can be listened to for free on the website https://play.acast.com/s/wheres-william-tyrrell
10 SPEAKS LAUNCHING WHERE’S WILLIAM TYRRELL? PODCAST – 24 June 2019
Today’s launch of the premiere episode of the Where’s William Tyrrell? podcast brings new hope for William’s loved ones. Featuring 10 News First journalists Lia Harris and Natarsha Belling; the podcast discusses William’s disappearance, the desperate search for him on that tragic day and the dark days, weeks, months and years that followed, and profiles one of the biggest investigations in Australian police history. With the hope of finding out what has happened to William, the podcast features unprecedented in-depth interviews with the people William called Mum and Dad as they talk about that tragic day in September 2014, the lengths they’ve gone to to do everything within their power to inspire a nation to never give up hope in the search for their little boy, and their aspirations for the future of the investigation that they desperately hope will find William and bring him home.
A ONE MILLION DOLLAR reward remains on offer for information that will lead police to William. If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers NOW on 1800 333 000 and help bring William home.
A CRUSHING BLOW TO THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM TYRRELL – 26 MAY 2019
“The news in February that Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin was removed from William’s case came as a crushing blow to us and with it, a deep sense of fear that the investigation into William’s disappearance would no longer have the passion, commitment and concentrated efforts of one of the world’s leading police investigators.
“For more than 4 years, we maintained supreme confidence in Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin and Strike Force Rosann who have steadfastly dedicated their exhaustive efforts to finding out what has happened to our precious little boy, and all the while with care and compassion for William and those who love him. Our confidence in Gary and Strike Force Rosann and our deep respect for their professionalism is unwavering. With the news overnight that Gary has resigned from the NSW Police, not only has NSW lost one of Australia’s most dedicated and compassionate detectives; William’s investigation has lost 4 years of in-depth knowledge of one of the most intensive investigations ever undertaken in this country.
“We are incredibly disappointed and saddened by the events that have led to this news.”
WILLIAM TYRRELL’S FAMILY HOPING CHRISTMAS WISHES CAN COME TRUE
Our Christmas Wish for William – From Mum & Dad
It’s Christmas time. It’s a time when stockings are hung by shimmering trees and happy little ones make their wishes. It’s a time when mummy’s and daddy’s tuck children into bed with love and kisses only to be awakened by squeals of excitement because Santa has visited.
Christmas is a time for happiness. It’s a time when families come together and hold each other tight, but not our family and not this Christmas night while our beautiful little boy William is still missing, absent from our sight.
We love you, our darling boy.
You are never far from our thoughts.
We remember everything about you.
Your amazing laugh,
Your kindness and the love you share with your sister,
Your complete adoration of your Daddy,
Your funny faces for Mummy,
Your hugs and your tears…
We remember your first words, your first steps, your first fears.
We miss everything about you our beautiful little boy.
We miss your laughter,
Your singing, and your little cry.
We miss you running through the house.
We miss you playing with your sister and your friends.
We miss you running up to Daddy when he comes home from work.
We miss you jumping into our bed when you’d wake us up for cuddles and kisses.
We miss you cuddling Little Tara and Monkey and playing with Fireman Sam,
You racing Daddy on your bike and the big smile on your face when you’d look up at us while we held your little hand.
We miss you every single minute of every single day, our special little man.
It’s Christmas time again, our second Christmas without you. But wherever you may be;
We wish that you are safe,
That you are happy,
That you are being loved,
But most of all, we wish that you were here with us…
We will love you forever and keep hope in our hearts that soon someone will come forward, that someone will say something so you will find your way home to us…
All our love and hugs,
Daddy, Mummy, your sister, Jetty Spaghetti and Chrissy and all your loving family.
If you have any information relating to William’s disappearance, please contact Crime Stoppers now on 1800 333 000 or at Crime Stoppers online reporting page nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
For more information about William please visit www.whereswilliam.org.
National Where’s William? Week Launches 12 – 18 September 2015 Continuing National Search for William Tyrrell
Every Australian knows little William Tyrrell disappeared from his Nana’s home in Kendall on 12 September 2014. The NSW Police believe William could still be alive. He could be anywhere.
Where’s William? Week, the initiative of William’s family working in partnership with Bravehearts Inc. and endorsed by NSW Police and Crime Stoppers aims to continue to raise awareness that William is still missing while at the same time promote child protection in every community across Australia.
“William could be anywhere and we hope that by raising awareness of William we might prompt a memory in somebody who may have seen or heard something on the day our beautiful little boy disappeared or since.
“The more support we have across the community, the more people we can reach and the greater the chance we have of encouraging somebody to come forward with what we hope will be that vital piece of information that can help Police find William and bring him home to us where he belongs,” said William’s Daddy.
Where’s William? Week (12-18 September) will commence on the 12-month anniversary of William’s disappearance and all Australian’s are encouraged to raise awareness of William by displaying posters (that may be printed free by Officeworks) and flyers, holding events and collect donations to support the campaign to help bring William home.
During Where’s William? Week all Australians are invited to wear William’s campaign colours, red and blue, host a ‘Tea 4 William Tyrrell’ at work and in communities and download and display posters and flyers and purchase Where’s William? T-shirts, baseball caps and Where’s William? Ribbons from www.whereswilliam.org. Merchandise will be available from 1 September 2015.
People can also participate in a ‘Walk 4 William’ event that is registered with the official Where’s William? Campaign to promote awareness of William and at the same time promote child safety and protection in their own communities. Only officially registered ‘Walk 4 William’ events are endorsed by William’s family and the Where’s William Campaign which is endorsed by NSW Police, Crime Stoppers and Bravehearts Inc.
The Where’s William? Campaign is funded solely by donations and pro-bono support thanks to the generosity of individuals and organisations wanting to help William’s family in their quest to find their little boy and bring him home.
People can register their participation in ‘Where’s William? Week’ and host a ‘Tea 4 William Tyrrell’, a ‘Walk 4 William’ event or make a donation by visiting www.whereswilliam.org or ‘Where’s William Tyrrell? Bring Him Home – Official’ Facebook page.
If you have seen William or have any information relating to his disappearance, please contact Crime Stoppers now on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crime Stoppers online reporting page nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
“Where’s William? Campaign” Launches on the NSW Mid-North Coast during National Missing Persons Week 2-8 August 2015
As part of National Missing Person’s Week, today, the family of missing 4-year-old William Tyrrell and Bravehearts Inc. launched the Where’s William? Campaign in Port Macquarie on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, the region where William disappeared.
The Where’s William? Campaign is the initiative of William’s family working in partnership with Bravehearts Inc. in support of the NSW Police investigation. Together we aim to increase awareness by specifically targeting the region where William was abducted on 12 September 2014; including the Port Macquarie, Taree, Wauchope and Kempsey communities with a comprehensive campaign ‘blanketing’ the region with the face of little William Tyrrell.
As part of this targeted regional campaign surrounding Kendall, Hetty Johnston AM, Bravehearts Founder and CEO said, “This is the community where William disappeared. Somebody must know something. Somebody must have seen something or have overheard something about William’s abduction and we desperately want that somebody to come forward with information that can help us find William and bring him home.
“During Missing Person’s Week we want to reiterate that children can’t just disappear. It’s not okay to abduct a child. It’s not okay to hurt a child. Somebody in this community knows something and it’s critical that we target the region with the Where’s William? Campaign to encourage that ‘somebody’ to come forward and tell Police what they know.
“This localised campaign is a vital part of the national campaign we’re rolling out from the 12 September (the 12-month anniversary of William’s disappearance) when we’ll be asking all Australians to support ‘Where’s William? Week’ which will run from 12-18 September.
“Police believe that William could still be alive, that he could be anywhere so we’re inviting all Australians to get behind “Where’s William? Week” and feature posters and flyers, promote the need to find William online and host a ‘Tea for William Tyrrell’ to help find William and bring him home,” Ms Johnston said.
Essential to the national campaign rollout will be the official Where’s William? Campaign theme song, Bring Him Home which will feature in Community Service Announcements voiced by award-winning musical theatre actor and singer Hayden Tee with Bring Him Home sung by 2015 Helpmann award-winning singer and musical theatre actor Simon Gleeson.
When asked about National Missing Person’s Week and what the campaign means to William’s family, his Mummy and Daddy said, “It’s another knife in our hearts and a reminder that William and our family are now part of this tragic story surrounding a missing loved one. Being part of National Missing Person’s Week is something that we never expected would happen to us or our family.
“Our beautiful little boy needs to be home. He needs to be with us. He needs to be loved but we don’t know where he is and we hope that this campaign will put pressure on the people who took William from us.
“We hope it puts pressure on those people who know what happened to our little boy and we’re appealing to anyone who knows something to come forward because for William to continue as another missing person, another statistic is unthinkable and unbearable.
“William is a little boy who needs to be home with his family so please, please, whoever you are, if you know something about William’s disappearance please help us. Please help Police find our little boy and bring him home to his family where he belongs.”
Ms Johnston went on to say, “Bravehearts is committed to doing everything in our power to support William’s family and Police to find out where little William is and to bring him home.
“If you have any information, even something you feel is unimportant please contact Crime Stoppers now. You can remain anonymous but what you have to say just might be the missing piece in the puzzle Police are searching for.”
The Where’s William? Campaign is funded by donations and pro-bono support thanks to the generosity of individuals and organisations working to help William’s family in their quest to find William and bring him home.
To register participation in ‘Where’s William? Week’, or to register your ‘Walk 4 William’ event or to make a donation please visit whereswilliam.org or ‘Where’s William Tyrrell? Bring Him Home – Official’ Facebook page.
If you have seen William or have information relating to his disappearance, please contact Crime Stoppers now on 1800 333 000 or at Crime Stoppers online reporting page. You can remain anonymous.
“Where’s William? Campaign” steps up localised search for William Tyrrell in readiness for National Missing Persons Week 2-8 August 2015
Ten months after William Tyrrell disappeared from Kendall on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, the search for the missing 4-year-old is being stepped up in the region surrounding Kendall as part of National Missing Persons Week that highlights the issues associated with all missing Australians.
The Where’s William? Campaign is the initiative of William’s family in partnership with Bravehearts Inc. to support the NSW Police investigation into William’s disappearance by increasing awareness of their little boy.
In preparation for National Missing Persons Week, the rollout of the Where’s William? Campaign will commence this week by erecting billboards along the Pacific Highway on the Mid-North Coast.
Hetty Johnston AM, Founder and CEO of Bravehearts said, “The billboards form the first part of a strategic, concentrated awareness campaign we’ll be rolling out throughout communities incorporating Port Macquarie to the east, Taree to the south, Wauchope to the west, Kempsey to the north, and all towns and suburbs boarded by those regional hubs.
Kendall is located a short distance from Port Macquarie on the Pacific Highway, a primary route between Sydney and Brisbane linking the communities to the north, south and west of Port Macquarie.
“Somebody must have seen something. Somebody must know something of William’s disappearance. That somebody can help us find William and bring him home,” Ms Johnston said.
“Even information somebody may think is irrelevant or unimportant, just might be the critical missing piece in the puzzle that police are looking for so they must contact Crime Stoppers today,” she said.
The Where’s William? Campaign is funded by donations and pro-bono support thanks to the generosity of individuals and organisations working to help William’s family in their quest to find their little boy and bring him home.
For information or to make a donation visit whereswilliam.org or ‘Where’s William Tyrrell? Bring Him Home – Official’ Facebook page.
10:00am – 26 June 2015 – PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP ON OUR BOY! Where’s William? Campaign Launch
Today, the launch of the Where’s William? Campaign was announced. The campaign is a national awareness campaign dedicated to supporting NSW Police in their search for the little boy who disappeared from his Nana’s home in Kendall NSW on September 12, 2014.
Police believe William could still be alive and so William’s family have launched the Where’s William? Campaign with the hope of jogging somebody’s memory of what they may have seen or heard so they come forward with a vital piece of information to help find William and bring him home.
If you have seen William or have any information relating to his disappearance, please contact Crime Stoppers now on 1800 333 000 or at Crime Stoppers online reporting page.