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Morcombe case deadline looms

Daniel Morcombe to be honoured.
Daniel Morcombe to be honoured.

THOSE prosecuting the man accused of abducting and murdering Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe have until November to complete a brief of evidence.

Security was tight at Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning for the second committal mention for Brett Peter Cowan, who was charged nearly eight years after 13-year-old Daniel disappeared while waiting for a bus below an overpass in Woombye.

Mr Cowan's lawyer Tim Meehan, of Ryan and Bosscher Lawyers, said he was yet to receive a brief of evdience from Crown prosecutors nearly seven weeks after his client was charged, preventing him from applying for bail.

Mr Meehan said his client was brought to the court house today, but was not required to appear in the dock.

Mr Meehan said his client would apply for bail in the coming weeks.

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Bruce and Denise escape the spotlight

BRUCE and Denise Morcombe will escape the spotlight set to descend once again by regrouping on a personal Tasmanian getaway.

The couple's departure on Monday coincides with a court mention for the man accused of murdering their son Daniel, 13, almost eight years ago.

Mr and Mrs Morcombe have spent their first week back from a 10-day Queensland child safety promotional tour in the thick of preparations for the Day for Daniel on October 28.

Mr Morcombe said registered events for that day with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation now exceeds 1000 activities across Australia, which is more than double last year's total.

"It's not just an indication of the foundation but it shows people want to be a part of things," he said.

"It is something to behold."

Six weeks ago on Saturday West Australian man Bruce Peter Cowan, 42, was charged with Daniel's murder.

It also marks the day police set up a crime scene in the Glasshouse Mountains which would become the final search area for the teenager who went missing on December 7, 2003.

Mr Morcombe said he had not been informed of any further discoveries since the two instances of bone recoveries on August 21 and September 12.

"I would have hoped there had been some more finds, but possibly it's weather conditions," he said.

"There hasn't been any that I'm aware of."

He said he and Denise, while continually informed of developments, would steer clear of any courtroom appearances until the committal hearing.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist with the ever increasing amount of merchandise and inquiries coming through its doors in the lead up to the Day for Daniel next month.

"The best way to do that is to email us, give us a contact point and some detail on the skills you may have and availability."

Anyone who wishes to volunteer their services should email their interest to admin@danielmorcombe.com.au

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