William Tyrrell’s grandmother was initially left ‘shocked and confused’ when she saw a photograph of the missing toddler stuck to Schapelle Corby’s handbag on Sunday.

But she now thinks the attention-grabbing ploy was a ‘good idea’.

Natalie Collins, 57, spoke with Daily Mail Australia on Monday just hours after Ms Corby’s dramatic exit from Indonesia where she was seen holding a black handbag decorated with a picture of William in his Spiderman outfit.

‘When I first saw it I was a bit shocked and confused and upset about it – I was thinking ”why is she doing this”,’ Mrs Collins told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I was woken up with texts asking how I felt about it – but I think it is probably a good thing,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘She probably thought she is back in Australia – and instead of having all of the media attention on her she would put attention on a cause that matters, like William.’

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Other members of William’s family, however, were immediately defensive after seeing the convicted drug smuggler’s handbag.

‘We are not happy,’ they wrote on Facebook.

‘William’s family and their campaign to support the NSW Police in their investigation in the search for William have absolutely no association with Schapelle Corby, her supporters or her family and had no prior knowledge of Miss Corby’s intention to use William’s image in this way.

‘While the Where’s William Campaign aims to increase awareness where possible, this situation regarding Miss Corby has no association whatsoever to William, his loved ones or their campaign to find their little boy.’

William’s went missing on the NSW Mid North Coast on September 12, 2014.

The then three-year-old boy was playing in the yard when police believe he was abducted – no body has been found since.

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  • maybe she should have aquired the family approval first


  • I wouldn’t want my innocent perfect boy associated with corbys either.


  • That is the only good thing that has come from the media circus.
    A reminder for everybody to report to Police if they see a child that could be William Tyrell.


  • Although the family has no association with Schepple and I can understand why they may have felt a little upset by it, I personally think it’s a great way to have constant reminding that this little boy is still missing. When it comes to any missing child case I think all publicity is good publicity. Hope they find little man soon.


  • I hope this brings attention to finding William.


  • I guess it keeps William in the public eye. Not sure if Schappelle had her thoughts completely on helping William tho


  • “No body had been found”!!! That says you already think his dead.
    He could still very well be alive.
    How about updating your article to say “he hasn’t been seen since”

    • Yes definitely don’t rule anything out, you can’t give up!


  • Although William’s family might not want to be associated with Schapelle Corby, Schapelle has shown concern about William’s case and brought it back under attention. It might be hard to put our personal feelings aside sometimes, but it sure is good to focus again on William. Hope and pray he is safe and will be reunited with his family soon.


  • While I think she was trying to take attention away from her. It has put William back in the news, so good there.


  • I can’t decide if it was genuinely helpful or exploitative.


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