An inquest into the abduction and murder of Daniel Morcombe is set to resume as his family requests the coroner examine some aspects of the case.

Brett Peter Cowan is serving a life sentence for abducting the 13-year-old from a local bus stop in 2003 before murdering him.

Cowan was caught in August 2011, after a complex and lengthy police investigation, parts of which were sparked by the evidence presented at the initial inquest, which was adjourned four months earlier in April, reports 9 news.

Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, have asked the coroner to reopen the inquest into their son’s disappearance.

The Morcombe’s say while they’re happy with the police investigation and the eventual outcome, they want the coroner to examine some aspects of the case.

“Now we have the answers, the resumption will focus on investigative methodology,” they said in a statement on Tuesday.

“What systems worked and what could have been done better.”

“As tragic as Daniel’s case is, there will be another.”

“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 on Wednesday morning and is scheduled to run until Thursday.

I don’t think it will ever really be over for this family. Our thoughts are with them.

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  • When I first heard this, I thought “WHY?” But then I realised they need to study how things were done do they can learn and improve for future situations


  • I’m not sure whether the family is actually looking for more answers or questioning some of the methods used


  • I hope this family will be able to get some answers. It’s such a sad story. :-(


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