QUEENSLAND, Australia, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Australian authorities say they hope the arrest of a 41-year-old man will result in finding the body of a young boy who went missing in 2003.
Police in Queensland started searching Sunday for the remains of Daniel Morcombe, who was 13 when he disappeared while waiting for a bus in December 2003, Sky News Australia reported.
The search, in brushy land on the Sunshine Coast, was launched after police announced Saturday they had arrested a suspect in the boy’s disappearance.
Daniel’s parents said they hope searchers find their son’s remains so they can have closure and he can be properly buried.
“He needs to be buried with dignity,” said Daniel’s mother, Denise Morcombe.
The suspect faces charges of murder, child stealing, interfering with a corpse, deprivation of liberty and indecent treatment of a child.
Investigators didn’t say how they determined the suspect was involved in the boy’s disappearance and they didn’t detail where the search was being conducted.
David Morcombe, the boy’s father, said police had never found anything related to his son’s disappearance.
“They certainly haven’t found any of Daniel’s remains or anything significant,” David Morcombe said.