CAROLINE OVERINGTON and MICHAEL USHER present 7NEWS Investigates: The Disappearance of WILLIAM TYRRELL

It’s a photo as haunting today as the day it was taken – three-year-old William Tyrrell dressed in his favourite Spiderman suit, “roaring” his biggest tiger roar at the camera.

Not even hours later, William vanished without a trace while playing in the front yard of his foster grandmother’s home in a small town on the NSW mid-north coast.

It has been seven years since that photo was snapped. Seven years since William was last seen by someone who loved him.His disappearance sparked one of the biggest manhunts in recent history, uncovered paedophile rings, exposed flaws in the foster care system, saw the demise of Australia’s most senior homicide detective and ultimately tainted an entire community.

Now, on the anniversary of William’s disappearance, a major 7NEWS two-part documentary investigation into Australia’s most infamous unsolved disappearance, led by one of the country’s foremost investigative journalists Caroline Overington, unveils startling new revelations and never-before-seen evidence.


From the team behind Ivan Milat: Buried Secrets, The Disappearance of William Tyrrell comprehensively re-examines every detail and the key players surrounding this extraordinary case, featuring unseen police interviews, top-secret evidence and images sealed until now.

Featuring analysis and insights from 7NEWS anchor and investigative reporter Michael Usher, who over the years has remained extremely close to the case, the documentary gathers fresh information from those at the centre of the ongoing investigation, including William’s biological grandmother and neighbours who were home the day of William’s disappearance, as a former FBI profiler along with some the country’s most decorated detectives and criminologists re-examine the case.

In an astonishing twist, a new witness comes forward with chilling new information that ties all the clues together, as the investigation lays down the case for who abducted William.

Caroline Overington said:

“Over the years I have learnt how to keep a good professional distance, an emotional separation between me and the investigations I work on. But with this story, I can’t do that. This one is different. I believe we failed this little boy. Time and again, we have failed William Tyrrell.

“William was stolen in broad daylight and not a single clue was left behind. The truth wants to be known. Somebody knows what happened to William.”

Journalist Michael Usher added:

“Someone right now knows exactly what happened to William. They know the evil that snatched him, concealed him, made him disappear.

“That person needs to be found. And God help anyone else that might have some knowledge of this little boy’s fate and are hiding the truth from his family and investigators.

“We’re keeping a spotlight on William’s case to make sure that new clues can be found. It’s only going to take one tiny thread of evidence to solve his disappearance. William needs to be found. His abductor needs to be uncovered.”

TV broadcast times on Seven:

Part I – 7NEWS Investigates: The Disappearance of William Tyrrell

Sunday 19 September
Sydney 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus
Brisbane 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus
Perth 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Tuesday 21 September
Melbourne 8.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus
Adelaide 8.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Part II – 7NEWS Investigates: The Disappearance of William Tyrrell

Sunday 26 September
Sydney 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus
Melbourne 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus
Brisbane 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus
Adelaide 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus
Perth 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Kevin Perry
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  1. I watch the show on channel 7 about the disappearance of William Terrell. I was particularly interested in the fact that Gary Jubelin was not mentioned in this inquiry. It is noteworthy that there have been reports his investigative techniques are questionable, however , Gary Jubelin was stood down because he was questioning somebody with considerable enthusiasm regarding the disappearance of William . I wish to point out that I was very supportive and respected Gary Jubilan as an investigative of law enforcement officer in the Australian Police Organisation.
    Community sentiment is very supportive of the fact that Garry Jubelin very often solved matters similar to the disappearance of this little boy. Thank you to continue to raise awareness about the disappearance of this little boy. I pray and hope that he can be returned to his family
    Best regards
    Dean Masotto


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