STATEMENT FROM THE MORCOMBE FAMILY
"Our son Daniel was abducted and murdered more than 13 years ago.
This triggered what is believed to be the largest police investigations in Queensland and one of the largest in Australia.
Globally, it is believed to be second only to Madeleine McCann's disappearance in terms of public interest, primarily driven by traditional media and social media.
Our family acknowledges and thank: Police, SES volunteers, forensic experts, Department of Justice, media, businesses and individuals who collectively contributed in finding Daniel's remains and having a guilty man rightfully convicted and now serving a life sentence.
Our request to Queensland State Coroner Terry Ryan for a resumption of the Coronial Inquest has been granted and we thank him for that decision. The purpose of the resumption is to complete a process that was started, then adjourned, 6 years ago.
This is a unique opportunity and a valuable one. To let it pass helps nobody, because rarely, if ever before, has an Inquest commenced with 33 Persons of Interest and a missing child; and this process elevates one person, dismisses 32 and a family are provided the opportunity to lay that loved one to rest.
Now we have the answers, the resumption will focus on investigative methodology. What systems worked and what could have been done better.
As tragic as Daniel's case is, there will be another, and another; they will walk in our shoes.
If we help one family's tragic case reach a conclusion and not have it destined to become a cold case then the resumption has a purpose and is worth it."
NB: The Resumption is scheduled to commence at 9.00am in the Brisbane Magistrates Court (Court 4 Level 1) on 14 Dec 2016.
The Day for Daniel, a National
Day of Action raising
awareness of Child Safety,
Protection & Prevention