For today's mystery, we take you across the globe to Kendall, New South Wales, Australia to look at the disappearance of this three-year-old boy:
William was visiting his grandmother's house on September 12, 2014 with his mom, dad, and five-year-old sister. This photo was snapped just before William's disappearance, while he and his sister were coloring.
Soon after, the kids decided to play outside. Their mom and grandmother watched from the back porch. At some point, the mom decided to go in to make a cup of tea.
|The house where William Tyrell was last seen|
When the mom came out, William was gone. He ran from the back yard to the front, roaring like a tiger. When he got to the front yard, he went silent. When they went to the front yard to look for him, he was gone.
An extensive search was conducted but after two years, no sign of what happened to William Tyrell has been found. The police recently released information on some cars seen near the house. His mother saw two cars parked across the street that morning, both older models. One was a white station wagon and the other was a dark gray sedan--both were parked across the street with the driver's windows down, and both were unoccupied.
|Artist's rendering of the cars across the street|
Approximately an hour and a half before his disappearance, a green or gray sedan was seen slowly driving past the house as William and his sister rode their bikes in the driveway. The car did a U-turn in a neighbor's driveway and left.
At 10:30, around the time of his disappearance, a four-wheel drive was seen leaving his street. A few minutes later, witnesses saw it speeding down a nearby street.
An odd factoid about this case: the parents have insisted on remaining anonymous. They say it's to protect his siblings, who they don't want to become known as being related to the missing child. It's an odd choice, though, and it's piqued the public's curiosity. Were their children all adopted and revealing their identity might bring that to light? Are they public figures? This is all the public has seen of them:
|Image source: The Daily Telegraph|
Hundreds of people have been questioned in the case, including known pedophiles and a friend of William's grandmother. The disappearance may never be solved, but it is one of the most high-profile cases in Australia's history.
What do you think happened to William Tyrell?
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