Thirteen years after the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe from a bus stop near his family home, the grief-stricken family have welcomed a new baby boy into their fold.
Daniel’s twin brother Brad and his wife Anna, are the proud parents of a new son, and the happy couple have given a poignant nod to him in the newborn’s name. Little Winston Daniel George Morcombe was born on July 23 weighing a healthy 3.5 kgs.
Undoubtedly the rest of Australia is cheering for newly-minted grandparents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe – who became the public face of every parent’s worst nightmare throughout the eleven-year ordeal to find justice for their missing son.
"He’s simply the most gorgeous little boy, isn’t he?"’ Denise says in this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly. "There’s always so much hope and promise around the birth of a baby."
13-year-old Daniel went missing on December 7, 2003 while on a shopping spree to buy Christmas presents for his family. He was last seen at the Sunshine Coast bus stop. The heartbroken family had to wait another eight years before his body was found and a further three years for his killer - Brett Cowan - to be put behind bars for his murder.
In a previous interview from 2011, Brad expressed anguish over his decision to not go shopping with Daniel on that fateful day – despite the fact Daniel had begged both Brad and his older brother Dean to go shopping with him,
"I didn’t know what was going to happen," he said "You can’t change what happened. I wish I did go with him."