A cryptic message painted on a tree trunk led police to lockdown an area near Kendall.
Daily Telegraph report that police investigated possible links to the abduction of William Tyrrell.
The message, painted in bright magenta letters read: “Jesus saves William Tyrell”.
Accompanying the strange text was a jar containing a number of small items placed next to the tree.
The discovery was made by a member of the public driving through bush just 10km from where Spiderman-loving William vanished from his grandmother’s home in September 2014.
Investigators from The Tyrrell strike force Rosann, headed up crack detective inspector Gary Jubelin, were informed of the find last night.
Police at this stage believe the message and jar is part of a “geocaching” game – a global scavenger hunt using GPS technology.
“About 6.30pm yesterday (Sunday 7 February 2016), a member of the public contacted police after a reference to William Tyrrell was found painted on a tree in a state forest near Stewart’s River, about 10km south of Kendall,” NSW Police said via a statement.
“A glass jar with a number of items was located beneath the tree.
“Local police attended and informed detectives attached to Strike Force Rosann. Police secured the area and seized the items.”
“Following inquiries, police have determined the items and painting were a result of ‘geocaching’, an outdoor activity in which participants use GPS coordinates to hide and seek items,” the statement reads.
“Given the circumstances of William’s disappearance, police are disappointed that it has been included in a recreational game.
“Police maintain their appeal for anyone with information concerning William’s disappearance to contact Crime Stoppers.”
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