Queensland Police have charged a man with the murder of missing Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe.
The accused, 41, has also been charged with deprivation of liberty, child stealing, indecent treatment of child under 16 and interference with a corpse.
In a press conference held this evening, Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett praised the dedication of the officers who have investigated the case since the schoolboy went missing in 2003.
Deputy Commissioner Barnett said police would now search an area of bushland in the hope of locating the teenager’s body.
Daniel was abducted on December 7, 2003 while waiting for a bus in Woombye, Queensland.
Since Daniel’s abduction, his parents Bruce and Denise have worked tirelessly to find their son and raise awareness through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to teaching personal safety to the young and vulnerable as well as assisting victims of crime.