A woman hugs Denise Morcombe (right) as her son Bradley (centre) looks on during the funeral service for their son and brother Daniel Morcombe at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. It is nine years to the day on which Daniel, who was 13 at the time, was kidnapped and murdered while waiting for a bus on the Sunshine Coast in 2003. (AAP Image/Sunshine Coast Daily, Brett Wortman, Pool) NO ARCHIVING
A woman hugs Denise Morcombe (right) as her son Bradley (centre) looks on during the funeral service for their son and brother Daniel Morcombe at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. It is nine years to the day on which Daniel, who was 13 at the time, was kidnapped and murdered while waiting for a bus on the Sunshine Coast in 2003. (AAP Image/Sunshine Coast Daily, Brett Wortman, Pool) NO ARCHIVING Brett Wortman

Looking back: The timeline of Daniel Morcombe’s case

December 7, 2003

DANIEL was 13 years old when he disappeared from the bust stop under the Kiel Mountain Rd overpass at Woombye.

October 4, 2004

A reward of $250,000 was offered for information leading to the arrest linked to Daniel's disappearance.

Daniel Morcombe.
Daniel Morcombe. Contributed

December 4, 2004

A memorial plaque was laid at the bus stop where Daniel was last seen.

February 2005

Bruce and Denise Morcombe launched the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to educate children about child safety.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe start a Child Safety road trip of Queensland at Woombye State Primary School.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe start a Child Safety road trip of Queensland at Woombye State Primary School. Cade Mooney

December 1, 2008

$1 million was offered as a reward for new information,

April 2010

Police passed the investigation report to the coroner. An inquest began on October 13.

August 13, 2011

Brett Peter Cowan was arrested and charged.

Shoes and human bones were found in Beerburrum State Forest. DNA testing confirmed they were Daniel's.

Brett Peter Cowan
Brett Peter Cowan

November 26, 2012

Cowan's committal hearing began in Brisbane.

December 7, 2012

Daniel's funeral was held at St Catherine of Siena Church, Sippy Downs. He was buried at Woombye Cemetery.

February 10, 2014

Cowan's trial began. On March 13 he was found guilty of murder, the indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corps. He was sentence to life in jail.

May 21, 2015.

Cowan's appeal was dismissed.

June 18, 2015

Cowan filed an application to the High Court over his conviction. The Bruce and Denise Morcombe heard about it on the TV news.


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