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Morcombe family asks to visit site

Daniel Morcombe disappeared in 2003.
Daniel Morcombe disappeared in 2003.

THE Morcombe family has asked police about visiting the site at which three bones, believed to be Daniel's, were found on Sunday.

However, the potential for DNA contamination could prevent them, for the time being.

Bruce Morcombe, who dashed back from Victoria yesterday, said they hoped to spend “a few private moments in that significant spot” at Glasshouse Mountains.

“The information the police are receiving is that they need to be extremely cautious about having relatives of Daniel in that area,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Ross Barnett confirmed yesterday that shoes also found at the site match the same brand Daniel was wearing when he disappeared.

The search was halted yesterday because of bad weather which is expected to continue at least until tomorrow.

The Morcombe family sat through a montage of family images in pained silence soon after receiving news that searchers had found three bones that could be Daniel's.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe, together with their sons Bradley and Dean, were at a joint 80th birthday celebration for Denise's parents in Victoria when they received the phone call they had been waiting for and dreading on Sunday.

“We're choked with emotion at the possibility that it is Daniel,” Mr Morcombe said.

“We fielded that call privately (on a balcony) and decided not to tell anybody at the party because we didn't want to make it a terribly sad occasion for grandparents who had had it tough enough for nearly eight years.

“As soon as that party was over we told them and of course they were rocked by the news.

“We're really hopeful that it is (Daniel), which could bring to a conclusion an extremely sad chapter in our family's life.”

Mr Morcombe spoke yesterday after dashing back to Queensland, instead of going to their holiday house in Tasmania to “recharge the batteries for a few days” as planned.

He said the family had asked to visit the search site, which was closed yesterday due to heavy rain.

“It's something human beings feel and that's to be with their family,” he said.

“We've worked so hard over eight years to be with Daniel, to find him.

“We don't expect to see anything significant there but it's more (about visiting) a spiritual place that in the family's healing process will be a few moments well spent.

“We all appreciate we need definite proof and only forensic tests will prove (it's Daniel).

“We recognise the potential of that site as being Daniel's last resting place and just want to be close to that.”

Potential for DNA contamination could prevent them visiting the site.

Mr Morcombe said Monday evening was the first time they had considered the possibility of a funeral for his son.

“But we have absolutely no idea on timelines on when that is at all possibly simply because forensic tests are going to take place,” he said.

“Even though they found three human bones, we wouldn't organise a funeral until that site is thoroughly examined in case there's other finds.

“What we're gearing up for is a fifth phone call where it grows from three to hopefully the skeletal remains.”

Mr Morcombe said he would not allow himself to think about how his son might have died.

“We've beaten ourselves up with so many stories and rumours over the journey that we're best to deal with facts.

"And the facts are we're looking for Daniel and hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, we'll know a firm yes or no and go from there.”

Search for Daniel remains suspended

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 bad weather. Conditions will continue to be monitored so the search can re-commence as soon as practical.

The scene will continue to be guarded by police.

There is no further update in relation to the investigation at this stage.


 

Topics:  bones daniel morcombe glasshouse mountains



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