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Could burnt-out car help lead police to William Tyrrell?

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 12/09/2018 A Current Affair

On the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of William Tyrrell, it has emerged that a burnt-out car abandoned deep in the bush has come to investigators' attention.

The wreck has been found in the bushland surrounding Kendall on the New South Wales North Coast, just a short drive from where William, then aged three, vanished from his grandmother's home in 2014.

One person of interest in the case is Tony Jones.

A burnt-out, abandoned car in the bush has been a focus for investigators looking into the disappearance of William Tyrrell. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd A burnt-out, abandoned car in the bush has been a focus for investigators looking into the disappearance of William Tyrrell.

Jones, who has previously denied any involvement in William's disappearance and has not been charged over it, was involved in a fiery exchange with A Current Affair earlier this year.

A relative of his said at the time of William's disappearance Mr Jones said he had gone out bush to collect scrap metal.

However, he told A Current Affair he was helping with his neighbour's hot water system – a claim the neighbour disputes – and told another source he was out with a chainsaw he had borrowed off the local council.

a pile of dirt: The car was discovered in the bush near where William went missing. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The car was discovered in the bush near where William went missing.

The person who discovered the abandoned vehicle in the bush told A Current Affair he recognised it as the same make and model car Jones had been driving.

However, when the person returned to the car with detectives, it had been flipped over and burnt out.

It is the first time this line of inquiry, which will be part of the coronial inquest into William's disappearance, has been revealed.

a cow is standing in the grass: When detectives were taken to the car via a tip-off, it had been flipped and burned. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd When detectives were taken to the car via a tip-off, it had been flipped and burned.

Katrina, who was living with Jones at the time William vanished, said it would "not surprise" her if Jones had burnt his car in the bush.

She also said Jones knew Bill Spedding, another person of interest in the case, who was charged with historic child sex offences in NSW and Victoria – charges that were later dropped.

Mr Spedding, who has never been charged over William’s disappearance and has denied all involvement, refused to comment when approached by A Current Affair recently.

a car parked on the side of a road: Police are interested in two cars that were believed to be parked near William's grandmother's home. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Police are interested in two cars that were believed to be parked near William's grandmother's home.

During their investigation, police interest was piqued by two vehicles thought to have been seen parked outside William's foster grandmother's house.

One of the cars is understood to have been white and the other silver.

A white car was towed from Jones's home in 2015, and the car found abandoned in the bush was silver.

Anybody with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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