Mon August 20, 2012 10:36pm
THE family of Daniel Morcombe has called on authorities to release the murdered schoolboy's remains, exactly a year after they were found.
Daniel's remains were discovered in August last year in bushland in the Glasshouse Mountains almost eight years after he disappeared while waiting for a bus in December 2003.
Perth man Brett Peter Cowan, 42, has been charged with murdering the 13-year-old.
On the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Facebook page, Daniel's family said Tuesday would mark the anniversary of his remains being found.
They used the important date to urge authorities to release Daniel's remains.
"After 2790 days, our son's remains were unearthed in the Glasshouse Mountains exactly 1 year ago," the family wrote on Facebook.
"However, we draw no comfort from that discovery because to us it feels like he has been abducted a second time.
"It is inhuman to treat Daniel's remains simply as evidence for a trial."
On the page, the family wrote they felt "trapped" because of what they considered an unduly long delay in returning Daniel's remains.
"Reasonable timeframes must be written into state law allowing the forgotten victim's family the right to say goodbye," they wrote.
Tributes were also being paid on the page to the slain schoolboy, with many users backing the family's call.
"Bring him home. You are such an inspirational family. qld is behind u all the way," one supporter posted.
Another posted the simple message: "May Daniel be laid to rest with dignity soon."
Daniel's disappearance sparked the largest missing person investigation in Queensland history.
The remains were found in bushland at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast, and are still being forensically analysed as part of the Cowan case.
In addition to murder, Cowan is also facing charges of child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.