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Shoes found same brand as Daniel's

UPDATE: Police say the shoes found in the search for Daniel Morcombe's remains are the same brand as the ones the teenager wore when he disappeared.

Speaking to media in Brisbane, Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett said the two shoes, found at the Glasshouse Mountains crime scene on Wednesday and Saturday, matched the brand Daniel wore.

Forensic tests are still underway.

Bad weather has suspended the bushland search today.

Police said the search would continue when "as soon as practical".

The scene is still guarded by police.

Daniel's father, Bruce, will return home to the Sunshine Coast today following yesterday's discovery of three human bones in the search for their son's remains.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe were in Victoria for a family function at the weekend.

Mr Morcombe will speak to media this afternoon about the latest and most significant development to date in the investigation.

Mrs Morcombe is expected to return home in coming days.

Human bones found at search site

A preliminary forensic analysis confirmed three bones found at the Glasshouse Mountains site, where police and SES are searching for the teenager's remains, are human.

The bones follow the discovery of shoes, one on Wednesday and one on Saturday, which are believed to be a matching pair.

Forensic experts will undertake more DNA analysis in coming days as they try to establish whether the bones belong to Daniel.

Searchers found the bones near where the second shoe was found on Saturday in the primary search site off Kings Rd.

Police have not confirmed whether the shoes are the same brand, Globe, and size as the ones Daniel was wearing when he disappeared.

Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe, who were in Victoria for family birthday celebrations yesterday, have been notified.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation had received almost 100 posts of support and condolence within two hours of police announcing three bones had been found.

Within an hour of Queensland Police posting the update on Facebook last night, 470 people had “liked” the find and 200 people had commented.

But police continue to caution that the discovery of the bones and two shoes at the search site might be unrelated to the current investigation.

Daniel was 13 years of age when he was allegedly abducted while waiting for a bus under an overpass on the Nambour Connection Road on December 7, 2003.

More than 100 State Emergency Service personnel, 12 police and other volunteers have been scouring the site for nine days.

The search followed police charging Brett Peter Cowan with Daniel’s murder, a major breakthrough in Australia’s biggest missing person case.

Yesterday, media reported that undercover police spent months in Perth’s Crystal Brook Caravan Park monitoring the accused man from metres away.

The former truck driver, who often walked around with a parrot on his shoulder, reportedly acted as an unofficial handyman for older residents in the park, before returning to Queensland in early August.

 

Topics:  beerwah, bones, daniel morcombe, search


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