Daniel Morcombe inquest a worthy exercise

THE Morcombes explain very eloquently in today's edition (see page 14) why they successfully pushed to have the coroner's inquest into the abduction and death of Daniel resumed.

In the direst of circumstances and after more than a decade of searching for their 13-year-old son, Bruce and Denise Morcombe were able to lay Daniel to rest and see their son's murderer put behind bars.

Some families don't get that opportunity but anyone referring to the Morcombes as "fortunate" would do well to remember how much they've lost and how much suffering they've had to endure.

There were no winners, only the finality of knowing what had happened to their son.

The Morcombes have made it their purpose to try to ensure no other family has to go through what they have through their tireless campaigning.

This inquest, which was adjourned six years ago, is being reopened to focus on how the case was investigated.

Not because of sour grapes, or lack of gratitude to those who helped search for Daniel, but because without examining the method how do we improve should another child go missing?

They say letting the opportunity to recommence this inquest pass would help no one.

"As tragic as Daniel's case is, there will be another, and another; they will walk in our shoes," the Morcombes said in a statement.

Their purpose is clear and should be commended - to try to learn lessons that might stop another family's case from turning into a cold case.


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