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DANIEL MORCOMBE - Aged 13 years - Queensland (Australia)

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:03 pm

Sunshine Coast Daily

24 August 2011

Bad weather halts Daniel search again

SEARCHING remains suspended at the site in Beerwah where police and SES are looking for the remains of Daniel Morcombe.

The search will not resume today due to recent bad weather. Conditions will continue to be monitored so the search can re-commence as soon as practical, this may not be for a few days.

The scene will continue to be guarded by police.


http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/08/24/bad-weather-halts-daniel-search-again/

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Post  Twiglet on Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:07 pm

Sunshine Coast Daily

24 August 2011

Daniel's brothers visit site

DANIEL Morcombe's twin brother Bradley and older sibling Dean have visited the site where police have been searching for the Coast teenager's remains.

Parents Bruce and Denise had visited the site, off Kings Road at Glasshouse Mountains, nine days prior.

“It was the four of us standing at the edge, it was quite a lonely spot,” Mr Morcombe said today.

“It’s not a restful place, it gives you the creeps there.

“We were thinking ‘what a horrible place to finish up’.

“We were there for about 10 minutes and then we moved away.

Mr Morcombe said he was quite touched to see red ribbons on the fences of homes on the way to the site.


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Post  Twiglet on Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:35 am

Courier Mail

26 August 2011

Anniversary: Daniel's parents aim for funeral date

THE anniversary of the disappearance of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe is being considered as a possible date for the 13-year-old's funeral.

Daniel's parents, Denise and Bruce, hoped to bury their son on the "significant date" in December, but conceded it could take months to recover Daniel's remains.

"The earliest possible date would appear to be the seventh but we have to wait for the complete search site to be examined and that's not just the primary site," Mr Morcombe said.

"That's a date of extreme significance but it might rain for six weeks in the next three months and suddenly (searchers) still have a task ahead that could roll into next year.

"We appreciate they're still searching for more evidence and we hope the bulk of his skeletal remains can be found."

Mr Morcombe said every single bone found would be DNA-tested to confirm it belonged to their son, who vanished while waiting for a bus at Woombye on December 7, 2003.


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/daniel-morcombes-parents-hope-to-bury-their-son-on-anniversary-of-his-disappearance/story-e6freoof-1226122380357

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Post  Twiglet on Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:39 am

Sky News Australia

26 August 2011

Scaled down Morcombe search resumes‎

The search for the remains of Daniel Morcombe will resume on a smaller scale.

About 20 police and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will continue the search the site at Beerwah, on the Sunshine Coast, police say.

Rain made the site too muddy to work in on Monday afternoon, and the search was halted.

Searchers have so far found two shoes, matching the brand that 13-year-old Daniel was wearing when he was last seen alive in 2003.

They have also found three bones, which are being examined.

The search was sparked by the arrest of Perth man Brett Peter Cowan, 41, who remains in custody charged with the boy's murder.

Police said the weather conditions would continue to be monitored to ensure the safety of all involved in the search and may be suspended again on Friday if conditions worsen.


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26 August 2011

Daniel Morcombe's parents pay tribute to the support of their 'Fearless Four'

THE story of Daniel Morcombe has touched countless hearts following the 13-year-old's disappearance from the Sunshine Coast in December, 2003.

In the almost eight years since, thousands have supported Denise and Bruce Morcombe's unwavering search for answers and quest to improve the safety of all children.

Among those who have been beacons of hope in their darkest days are a handful of heroes the Morcombes call their "fearless four".

They include those called to justice, behind-the-scenes champions of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and new friends.


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/daniel-morcombes-parents-pay-tribute-to-the-support-of-their-fearless-four/story-e6freoof-1226123211542

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Post  Tezza on Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:45 pm

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Bones identified as Daniel Morcombe's

Updated August 28, 2011 17:08:47

Queensland police have announced bones found at a crime scene in Sunshine Coast bushland belong to missing teenager Daniel Morcombe

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R.I.P Daniel.
Finally some conclusion for your family.

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Post  Twiglet on Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:50 am

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29 August 2011

Daniel Morcombe's parents look forward to burying him with dignity

DANIEL Morcombe can now be buried with dignity after his parents received confirmation bones found at a crime scene were those of their son.
Just after 8am (AEST), Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson phoned Bruce Morcombe to deliver the news the family had both wanted and dreaded.

Seven years and nine months after Daniel vanished while waiting for a bus at Woombye on December 7, 2003, it was official: the 13-year-old schoolboy was dead.

The family's long-time lawyer and friend Peter Boyce said the Morcombes had gathered, as they had done so many times before, to comfort each other.

Mr Boyce said he had spoken to Bruce, who was "very low" after receiving the call from Mr Atkinson, who revealed DNA tests on three bones uncovered at the scene last Sunday had been matched to Daniel.


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Post  Twiglet on Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:57 am

Sunshine Coast Daily

29 August 2011

Morcombes can finally grieve

THE Morcombe family can finally grieve, after DNA results confirmed they have found Daniel's muddy burial site.

The Morcombes were coming to terms with the news after police revealed three bones found in Glasshouse Mountains swampland a week ago belonged to their son.

Daniel's parents Bruce and Denise and brothers Bradley and Dean were comforted by a procession of family and friends at their home in Palmwoods. They issued a statement which described the news as “extremely sad for all of us”.

“Although we knew in our heart that the search area was Daniel's final resting place, the scientific confirmation is still enormously difficult to comprehend,” they said.

“For seven years and nine months it is that expected shock we have all been waiting for.”

Scientists working overtime at a laboratory in Adelaide revealed the DNA results to senior police late on Saturday night.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson told the Morcombe family the news Sunday morning before it was announced to the public about 11.30am.

“I think there was a certain harshness to this news today for them,” Mr Atkinson said.

“It's a very sad day for them but at least it's the answer.”

The three bones were found last weekend but wet weather has kept police and SES crews from continuing the search for most of the week.

The search will resume at the primary site off Kings Rd as soon as the ground dries out, with police confident they will find more of Daniel's remains.

The two Globe brand runners located near the bones are still being tested.


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Post  pam supportfromireland on Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:39 am

Oh gosh I guess the family were prepared but it is simply awful still. The poor boy and family. I know the area now too having visited. RIP Daniel.

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Post  merlynsam on Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:08 pm

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August 31, 2011, 11:37 am

Daniel Morcombe's twin tells of anguish

Daniel Morcombe's twin has told of his anguish over his decision not to go shopping with his brother on the day he disappeared.

Bradley Morcombe, 21, said Daniel had begged him and older brother Dean to go Christmas shopping with him, but neither wanted to go.

In the nearly eight years since the Sunshine Coast teenager disappeared, that decision has plagued his twin.

"I wonder what might have happened if I'd gone with him," he has told the Australian Women's Weekly.

"Perhaps it would have been both of us that disappeared. But I think that whoever came along probably wouldn't have tried if there were two people.

"If I'd gone with him, it's more than likely he'd still be here."

He said that thought was difficult to shoulder, but added:

"I didn't know what was going to happen. You can't change what happened. I wish I did go with him. I wasn't to know."

Daniel was 13 when he disappeared from a bus stop at Woombye, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on December 7, 2003.

Police confirmed on Sunday that bones pulled from swampy bushland on the Sunshine Coast were Daniel's.
Perth man Brett Peter Cowan, 41, has been charged with Daniel's abduction and murder.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/latest/10152697/daniel-morcombes-twin-tells-of-anguish/


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Post  merlynsam on Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:20 pm

Sydney Morning Herald

August 31, 2011

Queensland offers to pay for Morcombe funeral

Daniel Morcombe’s funeral may be funded by the public if his parents accept an offer from the Queensland premier.

Anna Bligh says her government has told the Morcombe family it would help them make ‘‘appropriate, dignified arrangements to farewell Daniel’’.

‘‘I don’t believe the family have made a decision yet,’’ Ms Bligh told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.

‘‘If the Morcombe family wanted our assistance to ensure that Daniel can be laid to rest properly, then we would be standing ready to help.’’

Daniel was 13 when he disappeared from a bus stop at Woombye, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on December 7, 2003, just 12 days short of his 14th birthday.

Queensland police on Sunday said DNA testing of bones pulled from swampy bushland were confirmed as Daniel’s.

Perth man Brett Peter Cowan, 41, was charged on August 13 with Daniel’s abduction and murder, sparking an intense search of bushland at Beerwah, about 30km from Woombye.

Three bones were found last Sunday.

Days earlier, searchers turned up two shoes of the same brand Daniel was wearing when he disappeared.

The search for Daniel’s remains was suspended on Tuesday for a second time due to bad weather.

‘‘I don’t think there is a parent in Australia who doesn’t feel this week for the Morcombe family,’’ Ms Bligh said.

‘‘I think all of us were hoping that there was still a little flame of hope, and that’s been extinguished with confirmation that the DNA is in fact Daniel’s.

‘‘Anybody who has watched Denise and Bruce Morcombe over the last eight years - not only grieve for their son but remain strong, bring his circumstances to national attention, give a child-safety message and never let his memory die - can’t help but be impressed by them.’’


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-offers-to-pay-for-morcombe-funeral-20110830-1jjv4.html#ixzz1WknHR73Q



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Post  merlynsam on Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:27 pm

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1st September 2011

Morcombes win child protection award

Helping children avoid abuse is what gets the Morcombes up every morning since their son Daniel just disappeared eight years ago.

Denise and Bruce won a Queensland child protection award on Thursday for their efforts to educate schoolchildren since Daniel vanished, aged 13, while waiting for a bus on the Sunshine Coast in 2003.

Perth man Brett Peter Cowan, 41, was charged with Daniel's murder on August 13, sparking an intense search for the boy's remains in muddy bushland at Beerwah.

Three bones found in the search have been confirmed as his.

The Morcombes created the Daniel Morcombe Foundation soon after the disappearance, launching community walks, school visits and free DVDs to raise awareness about child safety.

Despite the turmoil of the recent discovery, the couple will visit 20 schools between the Sunshine Coast and Cairns from Monday.

On receiving the award, Mrs Morcombe said the tour was planned months ago, and they didn't want to let the schools down.

"We hope that we can really work to protect a lot more children in the future," she told reporters in Brisbane.

Mr Morcombe said in the past three weeks, support for the foundation had increased 100-fold.

"If we can harness that energy and turn it into some positive outcomes ... we think we have a purpose in getting up each day and driving hard to make it all happen," he told reporters in Brisbane.

"Daniel's case is extremely high profile and the arrest was extremely high profile as well, what we all have to remember is, is that there is an underbelly in our society that cannot be forgotten.

"It's the underbelly that exists in our society that we have to eliminate ... so we've got a lot of work ahead of us."

Child Safety Minister Phil Reeves said the Morcombes' work was inspiring.

"It is a pure symbol of their child's life that they are continuing the cause of promoting child protection and I think all of Queensland, the wider community of Australia acknowledge their contribution," he told reporters in Brisbane.

Five other Child Protection Awards were handed out on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the search for more of Daniel's remains continues.

Child Protection Week starts September 4.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8293043/morcombes-win-child-protection-award

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Post  merlynsam on Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:34 pm

Brisbane Times

September 2, 2011

by Bridie Jabor

Online slurs may jeopardise Morcombe trial

People risk aborting the Daniel Morcombe trial and even going to jail by posting online comments about the man charged with killing the teenager, according to the lawyer for the accused.

Since Brett Peter Cowan was charged with the 2003 abduction and murder of 13-year-old Daniel, social networking sites have been inundated with comments about the man.

A string of Facebook groups have been created denouncing the 42-year-old Perth man, with thousands joining, and malicious comments have been written about him on tribute sites for Daniel.

Mr Cowan's lawyer Tim Meehan said some of the things written online had been brought to his attention and warned that police could make arrests over it.

"People are not only in danger of aborting the trial but of landing in jail themselves" he said.

"I'm warning people, they have to be very careful about what they say online.

"We need to establish a fair trial and this is what Mr and Mrs Morcombe want as well.

"No one wants the trial to fall apart."

Mr Meehan said people were making the mistake of thinking what they said online was anonymous when in fact they are easily tracked through IP addresses.

"People are saying fairly outrageous things," he said.

"Sooner or later the police are going to wade in and start arresting people."

Mr Meehan emphasised Mr Cowan had not been convicted of killing Daniel and he had a right to the presumption of innocence.

"It is not a case of innocent until proven guilty, it is a case of innocent unless proven guilty," he said.

"Until creates the connotation it is inevitable, he is innocent unless proven guilty.

"My client has been continually harassed online.

"People say terrible things in relation to him and it's not the same as 20 years ago when you were forcing your opinion on 20 people in a room."

Mr and Mrs Morcombe were in Brisbane yesterday to accept a Child Protection Award at Queensland Parliament.

They won in the Education Initiative category for their work with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and joined winners of five other categories.

The Morcombes declined to comment on the social networking sites, with Mr Morcombe saying it was inappropriate to take away from the event they were attending.

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Police Service said police did not want to comment on a case that was before the courts.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/online-slurs-may-jeopardise-morcombe-trial-20110901-1jnzk.html#ixzz1WkqxhkuK


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Sydney Morning Herald

September 5, 2011

More remains found at Morcombe search site


Further human remains have been found at the same place where three bones belonging to Daniel Morcombe were uncovered in Sunshine Coast bushland last month, police have confirmed.

Police said the remains had been found over the past week at the primary search site in Beerwah.

"The remains, which were located in the primary search site off Kings Road, will be forensically analysed," police said in a statement issued this morning.

Police continue their search for the body of Daniel Morcombe, on August 19, 2011 in Beerwah, Australia.


Police and SES volunteers search the bushland site last month. Photo: Queensland Police Service

"The Morcombe family has been kept regularly advised of any developments throughout the search.’’

On August 13 authorities launched an intense search of bushland at Beerwah about 40 kilometres from Woombye.

The three bones were found on August 21, days after a pair of shoes were found at the site.

One week later, DNA analysis confirmed the bones belonged to Daniel. Forensic testing of the shoes - the same brand worn by Daniel when he disappeared - is still underway.

Police said from now on the media would be provided with search updates on a weekly, rather than a daily, basis.

But police would not disclose how many bones have been found, following discussions with the Morcombe family.

Daniel was last seen waiting for a bus under an overpass on Nambour Connection Road at Woombye on December 7, 2003 - just 12 days short of his 14th birthday.

Mr Morcombe told media last week, the DNA confirmation had "traumatised" the family, but also brought some relief.

"It’s a place you don’t want to be but is a relief that perhaps we are at the final chapter," he said.

"It was like waiting for the sledgehammer to hit you, and when it does come it’s still a shock.’’

Mrs Morcombe said the family was determined to give Daniel a proper funeral.

"All of Daniel’s remains have to be found and then we can start planning a funeral," she said.

Mr and Mrs Morcombe are currently on a week-long safety tour of Queensland schools.

The Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Program will be taught in schools in honour of Daniel, and his parents have become paid child safety ambassadors to deliver the message.

The Morcombes’ message will include that children always remove themselves from uncomfortable situations, that they bond with "trusted adults" to whom they can tell anything, and that they be wary in their use of computers and mobile phones.

The search of the Beerwah site continues today, police said.

Brett Peter Cowan, 42, has been charged with Daniel’s alleged abduction and murder.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/more-remains-found-at-morcombe-search-site-20110905-1jt4x.html#ixzz1XhyU6Bhf

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Cairns.com.au

Saturday, September 10, 2011

By Damon Guppy

Denise and Bruce Morcombe to spread child safety message in Cairns

AFTER speaking to students from more than 30 schools this week, Denise and Bruce Morcombe will arrive in Cairns today to continue spreading their child safety message.

The parents of suspected murdered teenager Daniel Morcombe will cap off their tour of Queensland in the Far North.

The couple have visited schools between Brisbane and Cairns and will end their visit with a presentation at Mareeba State Primary School on Tuesday.

Mrs Morcombe said their main message was for children to trust their instincts if they thought they were in danger.

"We told students that Daniel was a real kid just like they are," she said. "We’ve been telling students to look out for early warning signs like the sweaty palms.

"If they think something is wrong, then there probably is and they should remove themselves from the situation."

Their presentations also included warnings about adding unknown Facebook friends and having a trusted adult such as a neighbour, teacher or police officer they could confide in.

Daniel’s remains were found last month in Sunshine Coast bushland, eight years after the then 13-year-old vanished while waiting for a bus.

Brett Peter Cowan, 41, was arrested and charged with his abduction and murder.

Mr and Mrs Morcombe had planned the tour of
Queensland schools several months ago.

Despite the grief they suffered after Daniel’s bones were found, they decided to continue.

"While we had the strength, we decided we’d still do this," she said.

Mrs Morcombe said the reception from children, parents and teachers had been very positive.

"They come up and give us a hug. It’s been wonderful," she said.

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11th September 2011

Morcombes speak about search for Daniel

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Bruce and Denise Morcombe have revealed more about the anguish surrounding their eight-year mission to find out what happened to their son, Daniel.

The 13-year-old vanished on the Sunshine Coast in 2003, sparking one of Australia's highest profile missing person cases.

Bones belonging to Daniel were recently discovered by police searching bushland at Beerwah and former Sunshine Coast resident Brett Peter Cowan, 42, has been charged with his abduction and murder.

"The last few weeks have been extremely difficult, especially with the arrest and then some bones were found," Denise Morcombe has told the Nine Network.

"It's like a knife goes in your chest, every single phone call.

"And then ... we've just got to wait for the next lot of bones to be found.

"Everyone's talking about bones ... that's our son. He belonged to us, he was a little human being."

Daniel had been waiting for a catch a bus to get his hair cut and buy Christmas presents for his family when he disappeared.

Bruce Morcombe said he felt helpless as the initial search for his boy got underway.

"That evening was absolutely horrendous," he said.

"It was worse than a nightmare, the hours just were absolute agony.

"We felt Daniel was in danger somewhere and were helpless."

As the days ticked by, Mr Morcombe said he followed up every single lead in the case, even meeting with criminal identities in the search for a breakthrough.

At other times he conducted private searches, using mud maps and other information passed on by people anxious to help.

Mr and Ms Morcombe said imagining what Daniel must have gone through was almost unbearable.

"Just thinking how scared he would've been," Ms Morcombe said.

"Even when he was a little boy he used to always get scared at night and come and sleep on the floor next to our bed."

Mr and Mrs Morcombe now run the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, an organisation committed to promoting child safety (www.danielmorcombe.com.au).

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12th September 2011

Everyone's talking about bones ... that's our son: Morcombes



Bruce and Denise Morcombe have revealed more about the anguish surrounding their eight-year mission to find out what happened to their son, Daniel.

The 13-year-old vanished on the Sunshine Coast in 2003, sparking one of Australia's highest profile missing person cases.

Bones belonging to Daniel were recently discovered by police searching bushland at Beerwah and former Sunshine Coast resident Brett Peter Cowan, 42, has been charged with his abduction and murder.

"The last few weeks have been extremely difficult, especially with the arrest and then some bones were found," Denise Morcombe has told the Nine Network.

"It's like a knife goes in your chest, every single phone call.

"And then ... we've just got to wait for the next lot of bones to be found.

"Everyone's talking about bones ... that's our son. He belonged to us, he was a little human being."

Daniel had been waiting to catch a bus. He planned to get his hair cut and buy Christmas presents for his family when he disappeared.

Bruce Morcombe said he felt helpless as the initial search for his boy got underway.

"That evening was absolutely horrendous," he said.

"It was worse than a nightmare, the hours just were absolute agony.

"We felt Daniel was in danger somewhere and were helpless."

As the days ticked by, Mr Morcombe said he followed up every single lead in the case, even meeting with criminal identities in the search for a breakthrough.

At other times he conducted private searches, using mud maps and other information passed on by people anxious to help.

Mr and Ms Morcombe said imagining what Daniel must have gone through was almost unbearable.

"Just thinking how scared he would've been," Ms Morcombe said.

"Even when he was a little boy he used to always get scared at night and come and sleep on the floor next to our bed."

Mr and Mrs Morcombe now run the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, an organisation committed to promoting child safety (www.danielmorcombe.com.au).

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/everyones-talking-about-bones--thats-our-son-morcombes-20110912-1k4lx.html#ixzz1Xi7PNx00

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Post  Twiglet on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:30 am

Sky News Australia

12 September 2011

Morcombe site yields further remains

More human remains have been found at the Daniel Morcombe search site on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Police say the remains were found at the primary search site off Kings Road at Beerwah on Queensland's Sunshine Coast and will be tested to see if they belong to Daniel.

The Morcombe family have been told of the discovery.

The remains were found at the same site where three bones that match the teen and a pair of shoes of the same brand Daniel was wearing were uncovered.

Police have been releasing weekly updates on the search each Monday. This is the second week in a row they have announced the discovery of remains.

However, they say they will only announce 'significant developments', in consultation with the Morcombes.

Forensic testing of shoes found at the site is still under way.


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Post  Twiglet on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:33 am

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20 September 2011

Daniel Morecombe's funeral facing delay, may be next year

THE parents of Daniel Morcombe say they may have to wait until next year to hold a funeral for their son.

Bruce Morcombe told The Courier-Mail that a December date was still being considered but it depended on the outcome of the search for further remains.

There have been a series of bone discoveries at the Glass House Mountains site where police believe Daniel was murdered after being abducted on December 7, 2003.

Mr Morcombe said there had been no developments in recent days but the search was continuing.

He said he believed strategies may soon extend beyond the primary site, with investigators looking downstream.

"I don't know whether this would be a few metres or a few hundred metres," he said.

"You would like in your mind to have a date (for the funeral) but it all depends on the outcome of the search. I would like to say it could be December but it could easily be next year."


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/daniels-funeral-faces-delay/story-e6freoof-1226141222241

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Post  Twiglet on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:36 am

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26 September 2011

Man accused on Daniel Morcombe murder back in court

THE man accused of murdering Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe will remain behind bars after he makes his second court appearance in six weeks this morning.

Brett Peter Cowan, 42, is listed to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court 18 after 9am to answer charges of murdering Daniel, 13, who vanished while waiting for a bus on December 7, 2003.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman said Cowan was listed for an "appearance required" mention of his five charges related to the sexual assault and murder of Daniel.

It remains unclear at this stage whether Cowan or his lawyers will ask that he be brought up from the George St court complex's holding cells for what is expected to be a relatively short hearing.

Last month chief magistrate Brendan Butler instructed Cowan be brought into court for the first mention of charges, despite Cowan's lawyers request he remain in the cells.

Sources have told The Courier-Mail Cowan has not yet made a Supreme Court application for bail because police were yet to provide an outline of the Crown case against him to either his lawyers or the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The sources said Cowan was charged without any outline of the alleged facts and that he would seek bail once police supplied details to his lawyers.

It is understood the DPP himself, Tony Moynihan, SC, will prosecute the case.

On August 15, Cowan turned away from the packed public gallery in Roma St's Magistrate Court 3 - an arrest court regularly used for defendants being held without bail.

Cowan's lawyer Tim Meehan at the time said he didn't require his client to be brought into the dock but Mr Butler instructed Cowan be placed in the glass-enclosed dock.

With a heavy police presence both in and outside the courtroom, Cowan - in jeans, a blue T-shirt and a watchhouse-issue jumper - sat barefoot and silent with his hands clasped.

Outside court, Mr Meehan said his client would be defending the charges.


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Post  Twiglet on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:38 am

Sydney Morning Herald

26 September 2011

Crown given months for Morcombe brief

The Crown has until the end of November to give lawyers for the man accused of murdering Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe a full brief of evidence.

The case was mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Prosecutor Glen Cash said the brief was going to be fairly substantial.

"There are 70-odd statements ready to be delivered to the defence this morning," he said.

However, he requested until November 28 for the full brief to be handed over.

The request was granted by Magistrate Brian Hine, who set another mention date for December 12.

Brett Peter Cowan, 42, was arrested last month and charged with murder, child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.

He wasn't in court on Monday but he will appear if necessary via video-link at the next mention.


http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/crown-given-months-for-morcombe-brief-20110926-1ksa6.html

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Post  Twiglet on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:42 am

Sunshine Coast Daily

27 September 2011

Daniel's accused killer to seek bail

THE man accused of abducting and killing Daniel Morcombe will apply for his freedom in the next month.

Brett Peter Cowan did not have to appear when his case was mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday but the 42-year-old man's lawyer, Tim Meehan, told reporters he would apply for bail soon.

Cowan was arrested last month on charges of murdering the 13-year-old Palmwoods boy (pictured), child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecently treating a child and interfering with a corpse.

The Crown was yesterday given until the end of November to give Cowan's lawyers a full brief of evidence.


http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/09/27/daniels-accused-killer-to-seek-bail/

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Post  Twiglet on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:45 am

Brisbane Times

7 October 2011

Search for Daniel's remains to end

The search for the remains of Daniel Morcombe in Sunshine Coast bushland is expected to be concluded next week, police say.

In a statement released today, Commissioner Bob Atkinson said the Morcombe family had been notified about the intention of police to end the search.

"The Queensland Police Service has talked with a range of experts who have been consulting on the search, and conducted an external peer review to ensure that best practice has been followed during the process,’’ he said.

"I acknowledge the police and State Emergency Service volunteers, who have worked tirelessly in incredibly difficult terrain.

"I am sure the people of Queensland are grateful for their unrelenting efforts in locating remains which have been DNA tested as belonging to Daniel."

At the conclusion of the search, police would provide a summary of what was located at the scene, Mr Atkinson said.

Daniel was last seen waiting for a bus under an overpass on Nambour Connection Road at Woombye on December 7, 2003 - just 12 days short of his 14th birthday.

The search for Daniel's remains began on August 13 this year in bushland at Beerwah, about 40 kilometres from Woombye.

Three bones were found on August 21, days after a pair of shoes were found at the site.

One week later, DNA analysis confirmed the bones were Daniel's. Forensic testing of the shoes - the same brand worn by Daniel when he disappeared - is still underway.

Last month, Daniel's father Bruce Morcombe told the media that the DNA confirmation had "traumatised" the family, but also brought some relief.

"It’s a place you don’t want to be but is a relief that perhaps we are at the final chapter," he said.

Daniel's mother Denise Morcombe said the family was determined to give Daniel a proper funeral.

"All of Daniel’s remains have to be found and then we can start planning a funeral," she said.


http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/search-for-daniels-remains-to-end-20111007-1lclg.html

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Post  Twiglet on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:58 am

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7 October 2011

Morcombes hoped to find more of Daniel

Denise Morcombe says she had hoped that more of her son's remains would be found before authorities called off the search.

Police and emergency services have been scouring bushland near Beerwah, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, in search of the remains of 13-year-old Daniel since August 13.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson on Friday said the Morcombe family had been advised of plans to end the search next week.

Three human bones, confirmed to be Daniel's, were discovered at the site in August. A pair of shoes of the brand Daniel was wearing when he disappeared are still being forensically tested.

More human remains were found last month.

'It's sad news because we'd always hoped we'd find some more of Daniel, but we really appreciate the extraordinary efforts by the police, the SES, volunteers and the public,' Mrs Morcombe told AAP.

'They've done everything that's humanly possible.

'And I think we're pretty lucky with what has been found.

'But it's just so hard.'


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