The family of missing William Tyrrell have expressed that they are not happy with Schapelle Corby after she used the media attention surrounding her release to raise awareness for the three-year-old’s search.
Images show Corby holding high a handbag with a picture of the little boy on it as she left her Kuta home yesterday just hours before boarding a Brisbane-bound flight.
The bag bore William’s infamous photo in which he is wearing a Spiderman outfit.
The William Tyrrell charity has today told the media they are not associated with the convicted drug smuggler, despite her efforts use the media opportunity to help them.
While they appreciate the support, the charity says they are "not happy" Corby has used the media circus to bring attention on the Tyrrell family.
"While the Where’s William Campaign appreciates that Schapelle Corby has shown concern regarding little William’s disappearance and in using her release as a convicted offender from Bali as a media opportunity to increase awareness that William is still missing, we are not happy," it said in a statement.
"William’s family and their campaign to support the NSW Police in their investigation in the search for William have absolutely no association with Schapelle Corby, her supporters or her family and had no prior knowledge of Miss Corby’s intention to use William’s image in this way.
"While the Where’s William Campaign aims to increase awareness where possible, this situation regarding Miss Corby has no association whatsoever to William, his loved ones or their campaign to find their little boy."
Dressed in his favourite Spiderman suit, William was last seen playing in his grandmother's yard on the Mid North Coast of NSW on September 12, 2014.
Despite ongoing investigations, police have founf no trace of William, who wuld have turned fuve this year.
This article first appeared on New Idea.