Kendall resident Paul Savage had seen William Tyrrell on two occasions before his disappearance in 2014 and observed he had a close relationship with his foster parents, the coronial inquest into the three-year-old's disappearance has heard.
William Tyrrell went missing from his foster grandmother's home at Benaroon Drive, Kendall on September 12, 2014. He was wearing a Spiderman suit at the time.
The third round of week-long hearings of the coronial inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell commenced for its second day at Taree on Tuesday, August 20.
Counsel assisting the coroner Gerard Craddock questioned Mr Savage about his movements on the days leading up to and on September 12, when William disappeared.
Mr Savage confirmed he has lived at the property for about 14 years, as of September 2014 and was friendly with William's foster grandmother.
The inquest heard in 2013 Mr Savage visited a Christmas party hosted by a resident of Benaroon Drive.
Mr Savage said he observed the 'little fellow' (William) had a close relationship with his foster parents as he 'followed them around the party'. He said he had also seen William on one other occasion.
The inquest also heard Mr Savage has been involved in a number of interviews with police in relation to William Tyrrell's disappearance in September 2014, March 2016 and August 2017.
Mr Craddock questioned Mr Savage about his observations in relation to vehicles he saw on the day prior to William's disappearance.
"In your statement on the 25th of September you made an observation about a car," Mr Craddock said.
"The statement read "on Thursday the 11th of September 2014 I was at home for the day".
"At 11am I was in my house and heard a car engine that wasn't familiar to me as a car from the street.
"It had a roar and started like it was revving."
Mr Craddock asked Mr Savage if he could confirm the information in his statement that he saw a dull red coloured Nissan patrol wagon entering the fire trail at the end of Benaroon Drive. Mr Savage confirmed it was.
Mr Craddock also questioned Mr Savage about another car he had seen in the driveway of William's foster grandmother's house on September 11.
"Was that a car you'd seen before?," Mr Craddock asked.
"No, not that I remember," Mr Savage said in response.
Earlier today the inquest heard from Detective Sergeant Laura Beacroft who was behind building the person of interest profiles for the case.
During questioning by Mr Savage's lawyer, Chris McGorey, Det Sgt Beacroft was asked to confirm her methods of investigation in relation to Mr Savage's movements on the day William Tyrrell went missing.
Det Sgt Beacroft confirmed Mr Savage's statement that he went for a walk, came home, went inside, attempted to make a phone call to his brother at Casino Hospital at 9.02am, had breakfast outside on his patio and then made another phone call to his brother at Casino Hospital at 9.59am, where he spoke to him for eight minutes.
"The second call being a bit longer because he likely got on to his brother," Mr McGorey said.
"That's correct," Det Sgt Beacroft said in response.
During Craddock's questioning it was revealed Mr Savage was a "creature of habit" who went on daily walks and had dinner with his wife at 6pm each night.
The inquest heard Det Sgt Beacroft comment on the location of Mr Savage's patio and whether he might be able to see William's foster grandmother's house from that location.
During questioning Det Sgt Beacroft agreed that at the time of the walk through the foster grandmother's house on Benaroon Drive could not be seen at the location of Mr Savage's patio.