SYDNEY -- A man named as a person of interest the case of missing toddler William Tyrrell has posted a video denying involvement in the boy’s disappearance.
William, 3, hasn’t been seen since he vanished from his grandmother's property at Kendall, near Port Macquarie, on the NSW mid-North Coast, in September 2014.
Bill Spedding, who visited the home in his capacity as a washing machine repairman, was investigated and had his home searched by police.
Missing Toddler William Tyrrell. Picture: NSW Police
Spedding appears in the video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday.
“My wife Margaret and I offer the Tyrrell family our sincere commiserations in the tragic event of William's disappearance,” he said in the video.
“I wish to state that I have had no involvement whatsoever in the disappearance of William Tyrrell.”
Spedding told 7News he made the video to defend himself against any suggestion he was supposed to be at the Tyrrell house on the day of the three-year-old's disappearance.
"The media have reported that I was supposed to attend the Tyrrell House on the 12th of September 2014, this being the day of William's disappearance," he said.
"I wish to make it perfectly clear that this claim is completely false.
"I appeal to anyone who may have further information to contact Crime Stoppers."
Since William disappeared a campaign and plea for information has reverberated across the nation.
His mother spoke to Channel Nine's '60 Minutes' program on Sunday.
"William was stolen," she said.
"He's got nowhere else to be, but home."
Police formed Strike Force Rosann, comprising detectives from the State Crime Command Homicide Squad and local police, to investigate William's apparent abduction.
Local residents have been repeatedly quizzed about visitors to the secluded neighborhood.
Two vehicles were parked by the roadside opposite the property then owned by William’s grandmother on the day he disappeared.
Strike Force Commander Gary Jubelin said one of the cars is described as a dark grey old model medium size sedan.
“The other is described as an old white station wagon," he said on Monday.
“We are not suggesting any of these vehicles are linked to William’s disappearance but we want to eliminate those cars from our inquiries."
Detectives know the cars were parked behind each other on the roadway between the driveways of two adjacent properties opposite the location from which William disappeared.
“There was also another vehicle described as a dark green/ greyish coloured sedan," Commander Jubelin said.
“This vehicle drove past 48 Benaroon Drive as William was riding his bike on the driveway around 9am on the morning he disappeared."