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Ipswich suspect in Daniel's murder

Daniel Morcombe
Daniel Morcombe Queensland Times

THE parents of Daniel Morcombe have asked police to investigate claims that his disappearance may be linked to a man suspected of murdering Goodna schoolgirl Leanne Holland.

Private detective Graeme Crowley, who has spent years investigating the 1991 murder of Leanne, has revealed the man whom he believes killed the 12-year-old girl is also a person of interest in the 2003 abduction of 13-year-old Daniel.

He claims police got the wrong man when they charged Ipswich resident Graham Stafford with Leanne's murder. Stafford served 14 years for the murder but maintains his innocence and is appealing against his conviction.

Mr Crowley says he believes the real killer was another Ipswich man, who cannot be named, who served seven years in Wacol prison for the rape and incest of his 13-year-old daughter.

Like Leanne, the man's daughter was tortured with cigarette burns by her attacker.

“The evidence implicating him in the Holland case is quite compelling in my view,” Mr Crowley said.

“His own family has been telling me for years that he was involved.

“According to his family he has racked up a lengthy criminal history under many names and has attained legal re-identification. He's now aged in his mid 50s.”

He relocated to the Sunshine Coast after his release from jail in 2003. Daniel Morcombe went missing from the Sunshine Coast in December 2003.

Mr Crowley said a trusted source had informed him that the suspect was a person of interest for police investigating the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe.

Yesterday Daniel's father, Bruce Morcombe, said he had already contacted police to see how strong the man's link was to the disappearance of his son.

“We emailed one of our contacts and they indicated that the link has been looked into,” Mr Morcombe told The Queensland Times.

“We are always interested in new information.

“One could ask what the motives are for this person going to the media, but at the same time the headlines get other people thinking which we always appreciate.”

The Morcombes said they had great faith the work police were doing to solve the mystery of what happened to Daniel.

A Queensland police spokesman said no comment could be made in relation to persons of interest in the Morcombe case.

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