- Tyrrell foster parents due to plead guilty property sale
- Issued Father’s Day plea to find missing toddler
William Tyrrell’s former foster parents have issued a plea to find the missing toddler on the eve of a court hearing in which they are due to plead guilty to rigging the property sale of William’s ‘forever home’.
On the Where’s William Facebook site the couple runs with a PR company, they plead for the safe return of William, who vanished in 2014 and has never been seen since, saying: ‘William we’ll never give up’.
‘Tomorrow, as we gather together to celebrate Father’s Day, we’ll be marking 3278 days since William was taken from all those he loved and who love him dearly,’ the Facebook post began.
‘Tomorrow, our thoughts will be of precious William, his loved ones, and all those whose children have not come home.
‘NSW Police are offering a ONE MILLION DOLLAR reward for information that will lead them to William – that’s one MILLION REASONS to make the call to Crime Stoppers NOW on 1800 333 000.’
Where’s William? was established by Sydney mother-and-daughter public relations firm Insight Communications acting on behalf of William’s foster parents and launched by then detective Gary Jubelin with child safety campaigner Hetty Johnson in 2015.
The foster parents faced court earlier this month over allegations they rigged the sale of a property they owned on Sydney’s upper north shore.
Police allege the pair placed a dummy bidder to bump up the auction price of the home, in December 2020.
The house, which had a special bedroom for William’s return, sold for several million dollars.
They were each charged with one count of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage or causing disadvantage by deception.
According to documents seen by Daily Mail Australia, the new downgraded charge agreed to by the couple under the Property & Stock Agents Act which comes under the NSW Department of Fair Trading is ‘did procure other person to place a dummy bid on behalf of seller at auction’.
During a brief hearing in Parramatta Local Court three weeks ago, prosecutors said they would introduce a lesser, regulatory charge and dismiss the existing allegations.
The couple’s lawyer told the court an agreement was reached late on Thursday evening they would plead guilty to the new charges, in a hearing listed at Parramatta court on Monday.
Mystery surrounds the 2014 disappearance of William Tyrrell, who was three years old when he vanished from a property belonging to his grandma, in Kendall on NSW’s mid-north coast.
Police have consistently sought answers in the years since his disappearance including conducting a thorough search of the Kendall property in December 2020.
In June, lawyers for the foster mother called on detectives to respond to reports criminal proceedings were being considered against her over William’s disappearance.
‘The foster mother has always, and maintains, she has nothing to do with William’s disappearance,’ the lawyers said in a statement.
The woman, aged in her late 50s, was acquitted in 2022 of lying to the NSW Crime Commission about hitting a different child with a wooden spoon.