The Queensland coroner has authorised the release of Daniel Morcombe’s remains, nine years after the teenager was abducted, thus clearing the way for Morcombe family to organise a funeral, expected to be in the next seven to ten days.
“The time has come for the family to finally lay Daniel to rest,” he said.
“What they have been through these last nine years can never be fully understood by any of us, particularly as all the uncertainty they have endured, followed by their grief, has had to be borne in the glare of huge publicity.
“I hope that Denise, Bruce and the family will understand that the public interest from their fellow Coast residents – indeed, the whole nation – has also meant that so many of us have accompanied them on their long journey in a spirit of compassion and support.
“If there is anything to be gained at all from their tragic loss, it is that so many other children across the nation are now at less risk from danger than they might otherwise be – and for that, we have Denise and Bruce to thank.
“I have spoken to them recently and, like so many, have been struck by their bravery in the face of such adversity.
“A new point has now been reached, and as mayor I speak on behalf of all residents of the Sunshine Coast as we extend our sincerest condolences and best wishes to all the family and hope that some closure will be achieved as they finally get their chance to say goodbye to Daniel.”