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Paedophile ring horror, alleged sightings of little boys in Spiderman suits and camera crews clogging normally sleepy country streets.
Welcome to Kendall, population 863, which has been haunted by the disappearance of three-year-old William Tyrrell since September 2014.
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The New South Wales mid north coast hamlet once again became the focus of the police investigation into the toddler's disappearance on Thursday.
Police began a four-week effort to comb the scrub behind William's foster grandma's former home in an effort to prove the boy was truly abducted.'So we can show, beyond reasonable doubt, William's disappearance was the result of human intervention and not through misadventure,' the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin, from the homicide squad said.
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It is the second major search of nearby forest, creeks and paddocks in the past four years. Police hope the search will provide evidence that can be put to a criminal or coronial court.
But one thing is obvious to long-time residents of Kendall and surrounds: whoever snatched the toddler knew exactly what they were doing.
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'It's a road you would never just come across,' said grandmother Frances Jordan, from nearby Laurieton.
The isolated property where William vanished, on Benaroon Drive, backs onto a large bush reserve and fire trail where some residents collect firewood. The street is isolated from the rest of the town.
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'I used to drive past on the way to the chiropractor,' Ms Jordan said. 'Somebody had to know that street and that the boy was there.'
Three-and-a-half years ago, more than a hundred police, SES workers and volunteers scoured the area for a sign of William for ten days.
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As time passed, it became clear to investigators that something sinister was at play - they were not just looking for a little boy...
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