Coffs Harbour community walks together for a little boy lost
DETECTIVES investigating the suspected abduction of William Tyrrell have thanked the community from which the toddler vanished and pleaded for more support to find him.
In Coffs Harbour on Saturday morning, around 200 people gathered near the surf lifesaving club and walked a short distance around the Jetty precinct to show their support.
William, then aged three, disappeared while playing in the yard of his grandmother's home in Benaroon Drive at Kendall.
Head of Strike Force Rosann, Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin thanked the people of the district at a community day at Kendall showgrounds marking the first anniversary of William's disappearance.
"Concerned residents, ambulance paramedics, fire fighters, SES volunteers...even surf life savers all joined police on September 12, 2014 to search for William," Detective Inspector Jubelin said.
"Today we thank you and we urge you to continue to keep an eye out for him.
"We have a team of detectives from the State Crime Command and the Local Area Command that is extremely determined to find out what's happened to William and, if possible, unite him with his distressed family.
"We are seeking the community's help.
"If you have any information, no matter how small, or concerns about someone's possible involvement, do something.
"Pick up the phone and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
"We have already checked out many reported sightings and we will continue to investigate them.
"This was a crime of opportunity.
"Whoever grabbed William did it on the spur of the moment.
"We suspect there are others out there who know what happened.
"They might be associating with the kidnapper but haven't come forward due to misguided loyalty or fear.
"You have to do the right thing and contact us.
"William's loved ones need answers and if possible their little boy home.
"If you don't come forward, then you're directly involved in this crime and there will be consequences in the future."