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Morcombe inquest findings expected in 2017

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016

The coroner in the inquest into the death of Daniel Morcombe is expected to deliver his recommendations in the new year.

Brett Peter Cowan is serving a life sentence after being found guilty in 2014 of murdering the 13-year-old schoolboy, whom he abducted from the Sunshine Coast in December 2003.

The coronial inquest into Daniel's disappearance began in 2010 but was postponed while Cowan faced criminal proceedings and exhausted his appeals.

The Brisbane Coroners Court this week resumed the inquest and heard Daniel was originally treated as a "teenage runaway" when he was reported missing.

Counsel assisting Peter Johns said officers at Maroochydore police station did not appreciate Daniel's disappearance was out of character, however their actions were consistent with police policy at the time.

The inquest also heard Cowan had been incredibly lucky in managing to coax Daniel away without leaving any forensic evidence or being identified in a more definitive manner.

Mr Johns praised the elaborate sting operation that resulted in Cowan's confession as well as the tireless efforts of Daniel's parents Bruce and Denise, who he said had campaigned so much for child safety reform that there was little the coroner could recommend.

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