Morcombe baby joy, how a little girl is healing their hearts

Grandparents Denise and Bruce are over the moon.
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Cradling their new granddaughter, Iris Ella, close, Denise and Bruce Morcombe beam from ear to ear. 

Iris’ happy arrival on July 3 comes after two decades of heartbreak for the family. 

This December marks the 20th anniversary of the Morcombes’ youngest son Daniel’s disappearance and subsequent murder. 

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Weighing 3.7kg, Iris is the second daughter of Daniel’s eldest brother, Dean, and his wife Alice. 

They are already parents to Elsie May, who was born in 2021. 

“Congratulations to Alice and Dean on the safe arrival of beautiful Iris,” Denise and Bruce wrote on Facebook.

They signed off the message “Proud Nana and Pa.”

A bundle of joy. (Credit: Daniel Morcombe Foundation/Facebook)

Sadly, the Morcombe family was robbed of ever seeing Daniel become an uncle. 

He will never meet his nieces after his life was cut short at the age of 13. 

The Queensland teen was waiting at a Sunshine Coast bus stop on December 7, 2003 when he vanished, sparking one of the largest missing person investigations in Australian history.

It’s been almost 20 years since Daniel went missing. (Credit: Daniel Morcombe Foundation/Foundation)

Serial pedophile Brett Peter Cowan was handed a life sentence in 2014, convicted of abducting and murdering Daniel. 

Determined for a positive to come from such loss, Bruce and Denis have dedicated their lives to providing safety education to children through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. 

“It’s been a tough journey but we are in a happy place,” they shared in a tribute to their son, marking the 15-year anniversary of his death. 

“Becoming grandparents and seeing our other sons married are wonderful experiences.”

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