The niece he’ll never know: Daniel Morcombe’s brother welcomes a baby girl, reveals her sweet name
Daniel Morcombe’s older brother has welcomed a baby girl.
Dean and Alice Morcombe have brought Iris Ella Morcombe into the world, nearly 20 years after Daniel disappeared in a mystery that captivated and horrified Australia.
Daniel, then 13 years old, disappeared on December 7, 2003, after leaving his home on the Sunshine Coast to shop for his family Christmas gifts at the local mall.
Daniel Morcombe’s older brother has welcomed a baby girl. Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise, are pictured with little Iris.
Daniel Morcombe (pictured) was kidnapped and murdered on December 7, 2003, while on his way to buy Christmas presents for his family.
His parents, Denise and Bruce, spent years working tirelessly to keep the missing person investigation going until they finally arrested the killer in 2011.
Since their son’s disappearance, they have dedicated their lives to providing safety education to children through a foundation they launched in their son’s name.
Daniel was waiting at the bus stop when he was abducted by serial pedophile Brett Peter Cowan, then 34, and taken to an abandoned house where he was sexually abused and then strangled.
His disappearance sparked one of the largest missing persons investigations in Australian history, culminating in Cowan’s arrest eight years later.
The child killer later led police to the location where he had dumped Daniel’s remains, and the teen was recovered from brush in the Glass House Mountains in August 2011.
Daniel was waiting at the bus stop when he was kidnapped by serial pedophile Brett Peter Cowan.
He was sentenced to life in prison at Brisbane’s Wolston Correctional Center in 2014, with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years.
Cowan, now 53, remains an unpopular inmate because of his horrific crimes, which include a lengthy rap sheet of child sex crimes prior to Daniel’s murder.
The convicted pedophile has been the subject of several brutal attacks at the hands of fellow inmates, including being doused with boiling water in 2016 that left him permanently scarred.
In May 2018, he was stabbed in the ear and neck with an ‘improvised instrument’, sustaining superficial injuries.
Cowan will be eligible to apply for parole in 2034.
Dean and Alice had their first daughter, Elsie May, in 2021.