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William Tyrrell could be alive: Why police still haven't give up hope

William Tyrrell could be alive: Why police still haven't give up hope

A court has heard that missing boy William Tyrrell can’t be confirmed dead as the police are still following “active leads”.

On Wednesday, a directions hearing was held at Glebe Coroners Court in Sydney ahead of an inquest in the toddler’s disappearance and “suspected death”.

In September 2014, three-year-old William disappeared while playing in his foster grandmother’s front yard in Kendall, New South Wales.

Counsel assisting the coroner, Gerard Craddock SC, told the court that it wasn’t possible to conclude that the young toddler was dead.

“The police investigation into his disappearance is ongoing and police are following active leads at present,” Mr Craddock said.

He said the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and the fact that he was in foster care, meant there was jurisdiction to hold an inquest.

Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame agreed, saying that William could still be alive.

“It isn't presently possible to conclude that he is dead. [The inquest] will seek to determine if he is alive or dead,” Ms Grahame said.

The inquest for William’s case will begin with a week-long hearing in Sydney in March next year before resuming in August.

William’s foster parents, who are legally not able to be identified because of a court order, made no comments as they left the court hearing.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin, said plenty was still being done on the case.

“It’s a matter before the coroner, but it is an active investigation”, he said.

Yesterday’s direction hearing comes six months after police launched an extensive search for clues in the streets and bushland surrounding the property where William went missing.