Missing toddler William Tyrrell’s infectious giggle, said to make everyone around him smile, was recorded in now-haunting home videos taken by his foster parents.
The toddler can be heard laughing in clips recorded as early as his second birthday, in June 2013, just over a year before he disappeared.
They form part of the Network 10 podcast ‘Where’s William Tyrrell’, which was seized last week by the NSW Police strike force investigating the toddler’s disappearance.
In one video recorded just weeks before William vanished, the toddler can be heard speaking with his foster father in Bali on the same holiday the boy was bought the Spider-Man suit he was wearing when he vanished.
Police seized the podcast’s audio files and documents as they launched a high intensity search of three sites at Kendall on the NSW Mid North Coast where William disappeared in 2014.
Excerpts of the home videos released by police after the disappearance do not include the full audio of the little boy laughing.
In the first video, recorded on June 26, 2013, on William’s second birthday, William can be heard laughing and saying a few, almost distinguishable words.
Sitting in a high chair with chocolate smeared over his face, he is being recorded by with his foster father, who said the young boy’s personality began to come out early on.
The foster father told Ten’s podcast that caring for William had changed the foster parents’ lives ‘forever but in a really positive way’.
Missing toddler William Tyrrell had an infectious giggle which made other people smile and was recorded in home videos including one of him running with a backpack (above)
William Tyrrell had a special bond with his foster father (above) who made videos of William talking and emitting an ‘infectious’ giggle
In one video, William rides his new bike while he can be heard laughing and his foster parents said he was ‘really good’ on the bicycle
He spoke of the ‘impact on others. People could see he had this big smile on his face.’
William’s foster mother said ‘his giggle was infectious. People would hear that and you couldn’t help but smile … with a strong and happy response’.
In another video, a young William is giggling uncontrollably as the foster father records him running towards him while wearing a blue black backpack.
The ‘Where’s William Tyrrell’ podcast says William did not immediately bond with his foster mother when he came to live with them in 2012 when he was seven months old.
William’s foster mother said the boy formed a strong bond with his foster father almost immediately and the pair became ‘inseparable’
William can be heard talking and giggling uncontrollably as his foster father videos him at various locations in Sydney and in Bali
But the foster mother describes how the young boy took to his foster father and the pair soon became ‘inseparable’ .
‘That connection was just so special,’ she said.
‘It’s hard to put into words. You could feel the relationship and the joy that was on his face whenever he was in his dad’s arms.
‘They were just two peas in a pod, they melded together. Watching the two of them together was just incredibly precious.’
In late July to early August, 2014, the foster parents took William on a holiday to Bali.
It was there that William – who at the time was ‘obsessed’ with Spider-Man – was given a red and blue suit they bought in Bali.
The foster father filmed William, again with chocolate smeared on his face, sitting at a table in Bali.
The two discussed being on holiday and William can be heard saying a few words.
Foster father: ‘how are you enjoying your holiday so far William?’
FF: ‘Look at the camera and say ‘good. Good thank you’.’
William: ‘Good, thank you’.
On September 11, 2014, William travelled with the foster parents from Sydney to the rural town of Kendall on the NSW Mid North Coast to stay the weekend at his foster grandmother’s house.
Put to bed almost immediately after arriving around 9pm, William woke up early the next day around 6.30am.
William Tyrrell (above) at McDonalds en route to Kendall the night before he disappeared from his foster grandmother’s house
William woke at 6.30am on Friday September 12, 2014 and giggled with his foster father before dressing in the Spider Man suit bought for him in Bali just weeks earlier
William and his foster father stayed in the room they had shared so as not to disturb the others in the house.
William watched ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’ on TV and, the foster father said, it was ‘good fun because he was giggling and laughing and enjoying himself’.
Four hours after waking up to watch TV, William vanished while playing in the yard of the Kendall house as his mother and her mother drank tea on the verandah.
At the time he disappeared, William’s foster father was away in the family car at nearby Lakewood conducting an online business call via a conferencing tool called GoToMeeting.
The foster mother was last week named as the main person of interest in William’s case.
She has since strenuously maintained she played no part in his disappearance and had co-operated fully with police.
It is not suggested that the foster mother was actually involved in William’s disappearance, only that she has been identified as a person of interest.
Strike Force Rosann is into its second week of searching bushland at Kendall and the former house of William’s late foster grandmother for clues as to his whereabouts.