The weight carried by Daniel Morcombe’s family… 81



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Bruce and Denise’s post flashed up on my wall this morning, sharing their memory of Daniel their son who disappeared 12 years ago today. Anyone, with or without children feels their pain having watched them suffer in the public eye for such a long long time with so much dignity. But we don’t often make the time to think about where he would be now or how much of a weight this family has carried.

12 years today, thanks to everyone for their support over this time. This is Daniel’s Memorial still going strong. Bruce, Denise and family

Posted by Daniel Morcombe Foundation (official page) on Sunday, December 6, 2015

On the same day, a young girl has been reported missing from Daniel’s suburb of Palmwoods – she hasn’t been seen since 11.30am Sunday. No further information has been released. We can only hope and pray.

Daniel would be turning 26 years old this month, a hard thing to contemplate for his parents and brothers who have held him close to their hearts in his absence, only getting to lay him to rest 10 years after his disappearance when his body was found. They are a high profile family with no desire for the limelight other than to do good with their sadness. His twin Bradley married his sweetheart at the age of 24 last year, and they hope to bring children into the world sooner rather than later.

“We would like children … pretty soon, hopefully. It’s something we both want,” he said to The Courier Mail after his wedding.

Daniel’s killer received a life sentence in 2014 for his callous murder and the story of his disappearance makes every parent’s sould chill as it is something we all know could happen to anyone.

In 2006 Bradley openly discussed the day’s events. “Daniel, myself and our older brother Dean were home together after mum and dad had gone to Brisbane for a work Christmas party,” Bradley said.

“They wanted us to go, but we stayed back to do some passionfruit picking on a neighbouring farm.

“Daniel was really happy and so excited about heading off to the Sunshine Plaza to buy mum and dad something special for Christmas.”

Bradley said he pleaded with Daniel to wait until the next day to go shopping but he refused and went alone.

The rest of the story is history, most powerfully unveiled in the victim impact statement made at the trial of Brett Peter Cowan by his mum, Denise MOrcombe.

“At 4:00pm Sunday, December 7, 2003, while getting Daniel’s clothes off the line, I knew something was wrong. Daniel wasn’t due to return to the bus stop until 5:30pm but for some unknown reason I was anxious.

Hence, I went to see if he was there at 4:30pm. I don’t know what it was, but I knew that when Bruce returned home soon after 5:30pm from the bus stop without him, I knew that I would not see him again….

I have accepted I will never see Daniel again, and I have no control of what your sentence is. But if there is a God, and he knows the love a mother can have for her son, you will pay for your actions and you will pay dearly,” said Denise in her statement that was read to the room by her lawyer.

His brother Bradley felt the same. “Daniel cannot join me for a beer, nor be my best man at my wedding,” his statement said.

And Bruce Morcombe’s statement showed the gaping hole we all know they were feeling despite their enormously brave face.

“Over the years, we made a face for media with determined self-control on the outside. On many occasions, particularly in the first few months, I was physically ill each morning at the unbearable images of what may have happened to my son Daniel.

Even today I am haunted by thoughts of how long he was actually held captive and what other unspeakable things you did in those sheds at the end of Kings Road at Beerwah”.

Today we wish Daniel and the Morcombes the peace they deserve and the joy of knowing grandchildren and happy family moments again. This they deserve dearly.

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a 10-year-old girl reported missing from Palmwoods this evening….

Posted by Sunshine Coast Daily on Sunday, December 6, 2015

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. The Morcome family have had a loss that would devastate many families. Instead they got to work to help save other children. I admire them all. I wish all the best in the coming years

  2. Such a beautifully written tribute to the Morcombe family. Through their horrific loss, we have all become so much more aware of the dangers to children. The fact Bruce and Denise continue to give to Australia with the Foundation named in Daniel’s honour is testament to the beauty of this couple.

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  3. My love thoughts and prayers are with you, our son died in asthma attack at 13 years, that was 35 years ago, we still feel ripped apart and was part is at family gatherings especially Christmas when all the family are together, you wonder what he would be doing now, I know he would have loved and been a kid ago withhis nieces and nephews.

  4. Young Daniel with your beautiful eyes,it’s so hard to come to terms with what happened to you.Your Wonderful parents have honoured your memory in the most proactive way possible and for that we are so grateful,and will always hold you close in our hearts.

  5. God bless this family, for all they have endured. Way too much for anyone, but their courage to turn it around into their safety for children, is nothing short of ,,,well no one word comes to mind,,, just God bless

  6. I respect and admire what the Morcombe’s did to find their son’s murderer. They never gave up. I hope they will continue their work to help others 🌸

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