Police investigating the 2014 disappearance of little William Tyrell have focused their attention on a fourth person who may have been involved.

According to the Daily Mail, Derek Nichols has been interviewed several times and has had his home searched in relation to William’s disappearance.  

The Saturday Telegraph reported that the elderly man is listed on the child protection register, although he himself has proclaimed that he had nothing to do with the child’s disappearance.

Speaking with the Saturday Telegraph, Derek stated:

“I have no connection to the case or the Tyrrell family.”

Derek Nichols is the fourth man to be intensely investigated with potential connections to the disappearance of William and a history of offences against children.

Tony Jones, a convicted paedophile has also been a person of interest and so has convicted paedophile, Paul Bickford.

Tradesman Bill Spedding has also been a person of interest, who is currently on bail for historical child sex offences.

William Tyrrell disappeared from the backyard of his grandmother’s home in Kendall, dressed in his favourite Spiderman Costume, on the NSW mid-north coast on the morning of September 12, 2014.  There is an ongoing Police investigation regarding William’s disappearance.

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  • William’s disappearance was so shocking and heartbreaking, it still sends shivers up my spine. I hope his family get some answers soon, I cannot imagine how horrific it would be to not know what happened to their little boy.


  • such a distressing case – gosh I hope they find the lad


  • poor, poor family. not sure how you live with the unknown… it is a horrid situation


  • I do hope and pray that William’s poor family will have some answers soon and that William is safe and well.


  • may a resolution come soon you poor darling family xx


  • I really hope the police are able to find William, or at least some answers for the family.


  • This is so heartbreaking. That poor little boy. I hope that he’s found soon so he can have a little peace.


  • This is just so heartbreaking, I really don’t understand why he’s birth parents haven’t spoken out and choose to stay out of it. U think they would be doing anything they could to find little William even if he was raised by his adopted parents. Hope and pray William is safe and happy wherever he is and is returned to he’s family he’s has grown up with.


  • Let’s pray and hope. Its gone on to long.


  • This still breaks my heart. How scared he must have been on that day and afterwards. I hope he is still alive somewhere. I hope that the police get a good stong lead this year and help to give his family answers and an outcome.

    • i hope that they get him back too. i hope this turns out alright.


  • Everyday I hope they find him. I can’t imagine what his family must be going through.


  • I so hope they find and convict the perpetrator soon.


  • I feel for this family not knowing I hope 2016 will be the year for answers.


  • Poor William! Who knows where he is now. I hope his family will be able to hug him again soon!!


  • Do hope an answer can be found soon for this family – the parents must feel so bad and to think how William’s grandmother must be blaming herself – it’s just unbelievable. Anyone with information just has to come forward to put this family out of their grief and misery.


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