Families search for answers in national appeal
MORE than nine months since he was last seen, the smiling face of William Tyrrell is still instantly recognisable to residents on the Mid North Coast.
William, 4, who went missing from his grandparent's Kendall home on September 12, is one of the faces of National Missing Person's Week, which launched on Monday.
William's family and Bravehearts Inc. yesterday launched a Where's William? campaign in a plea for new information.
"Managing the grief is hard, maintaining motivation to find our boy is easy," the family told media this week.
"We will never give up on William. It's not an option. William needs to come home. We need to know what happened to our beautiful happy, funny little boy."
They are encouraging residents to keep the campaign message front and centre by placing red and blue balloons outside their homes.
A Walk 4 William campaign has also been scheduled for September 12 in cities across Australia, with a walk in Coffs Harbour currently pending approval.
"Somebody knows something and if that somebody is you, please, please if you know something about William's disappearance you must call Crime Stoppers and tell them what you know," the family said.
"If you do, you could be the person we are depending on. You could be the person who will have helped to bring William home to us."
The family of missing Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards, who was last seen on March 14, has also made a heartfelt plea for new information.
Sharon's son Zac Edwards urged people not to forget about his mum as Strike Force Burrow continues to investigate her disappearance.
Zac said he and his brothers felt lost without answers.
"The worst bit is as the months go on nothing's really changed," he said.
"We're all still here waiting for answers and it doesn't get easier as time goes on."
Missing Persons Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons.
The theme of this year's campaign is urging people to "Follow Your Instincts" and report instances if a friend or family member has gone missing.