His killer might be behind bars, but the inquest into Daniel Morcombe’s murder is set to resume six years after it began.
Brett Peter Cowan is serving a life sentence for abducting the 13-year-old boy from a Sunshine Coast bus stop in 2003 before murdering him.
But Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe are now questioning the systems used in the lengthy and complex police investigation that led to Cowan’s capture in 2011.
At the family’s request, Queensland Coroner Terry Ryan will resume the inquest, in what the Morcombe’s have said is a “unique opportunity” to examine what worked and what could have been done better in the days, weeks and years following Daniel’s disappearance.
'Now we have the answers, the resumption will focus on investigative methodology,' they said in a statement on Tuesday.
'If we help one family’s tragic case reach a conclusion and not have it destined to become a cold case, then the resumption has a purpose and is worth it.'
The inquest will reopen in the Brisbane Magistrates Court at 9.30am Wednesday and is expected to run for two days.