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I have a glimmer of hope that

Daniel may be alive. But after

speaking to the police and after

this man's been charged, definitely he's not alive.

Is this the first time in eight

years that you have said that? Yeah.

years that you have said that? Yeah.

I think so. I mean, I've always

thought that Daniel was dead. But I

had a bit of hope. had a bit of hope.

Tonight, the awful truth - Daniel

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Daniel Morcombe's parents come to

terms with the death of their son.

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Good evening. Thanks very much for

joining us on this special edition

of 6.30. We are coming to you from

the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Behind me, the search has been

going on all day for the body of

Daniel Morcombe. It is a terrible

time for his family. On tonight's

program, we have an interview with

both of his parent, which can only

be described as heart-breaking. We

will broaden the issue tonight and

look at the many families across

the country who are waiting for

answers about their own missing

children. We look at the

developments here in Queensland

today, because earlier, a 41-year-

old man appeared in a Brisbane

court charged with the murder of Daniel Morcombe. Max Futcher is

outside the court. This is a hugely

anticipated moment here in

Queensland. This is a case that has

really captured the attention of

indeed, the country? the people of this state, and,

Hamish, talk to any reporter who

has worked south-east Queensland

this past decade, and they will

have done a story, probably a

series of stories, about the

disappearance of Daniel Morcombe. I

mean, talk about the big crime

Falconio, and Azaria Chamberlain. stories in the case of Peter

In this part of the world, this

story is right up there with those.

And, Max, it was only a brief

appearance in court today, though.

Yeah, just a few minutes and then

it was over, Hamish. In fact, what

is significant is the order in

which the charges were listed. They

told the story - they tell us of

what police believe and what police

will allege happened to Daniel

Morcombe back in the day in 2003.

If you look at the order of the

charge, they start with child-

stealing, going on to deprivation

of liberty, murder and interfering

with a corpse. At one stage today,

there was a feeling that we would

not see the 4 1yaerl at the centre not see the 4 1yaerl at the centre

of the allegations. His lawyer

applyed to have him excused from

the court. But the chief imagine

trait said that he must appear

before in the interests of justice.

before in the interests of justice.

Tight security at Brisbane's

magistrate court this morning. But

there was no angry mob, just the

media pack outside, and a quiet

court proceeding inside, where the

man who can only be identified as

P7, sat in a brown prison jumper,

and stared blankly at the

magistrate. Accused of perhaps

Australia's most notorious child

abduction, his lawyer says he will

plead not guilty. You will be defending the charge? Yes,

absolutely. The instructions my

client gave me are to defend the

charges. Apart from that, because

the matter is now properly before

the court, it is inappropriate for

me to make further comments. There

is a lot of attention here, you have to be careful. Absolutely.

Certainly, I would urge the media

to take a softly softly approach,

because certainly one of the corner

stones of the criminal justice

system here in Queensland is that

any accused gets the right - or has

the right and should get a fair

trial. And certainly I hope that is

what my client will get. How is

your client hold ought? He is not

doing too bad, considering the

circumstances. The father of three

will seek bail in the Supreme Court.

It is nearly eight years since

Daniel Morcombe was snatched from

under this overpass while waiting

for the bus. Police allege he was

assaulted, murdered and his body

dumped in thick forest.

They believe that spot is an hour's

drive north of Brisbane, down a

lonely dirt track beside a

macadamia nut farm, where police

and SES volunteers are searching

through a swamp. It is tough-going,

with water and thick shrub. The

nickname for this area is the

killing fields, and it is easy to

imagine something staying lost out

here forever. This is the northern

suburbs on the Sunshine Coast.

There are thousands of square

kilometres of pin forest and rough

terrain, so while they are not

saying as much, police must be

acting on some fairly specific

information. Otherwise, finding

anything out there will be nearly impossible.

If they succeed, that I will unlock

the key piece of evidence missing

from this case, while at the same

time giving a grieving family their

boy back so that he can be laid to

rest. For now, there is no focal

point for community expression,

just a plaque under a bridge, which

last marks the spot where Daniel was

last seen.

Max Futcher with that report. They

say that the first 48 hours in any

disappearance case is crucial. But

in Daniel's case, this two days

turned into two week, two months

and, in fact, many years.

Danielle Isedale has covered this

case from the very beginning. She

search for answers. looks at the long and continuing

There's been no sign of Daniel

Morcombe since Sunday afternoon.

I urge all Sunshine Coast residents

to check your property. This is a

new familiar face, frozen in time.

Daniel Morcombe was 13 years old.

He had his whole life before him,

and a loving family behind him.

We have said right from day one

that the person responsible picked

on the wrong family and we said we

would never give up.

And we are true to our word. We are

taking one day at a time. That is

all we can do. That was seven years

and eight months ago.

It is getting desperate. We need

him back. We want Daniel back.

Bruce and Denise launched an appeal

and placed a mannequin under the Sunshine Coast over pass where

Daniel was last seen on his way to

buy Christmas presents for them and

his brothers. Local churches held

services, local police held grave

fears. For the next year, rewards

were offered, advertising campaigns

launched, reenactments staged,

appeals for information renewed.

Have a look at the sketches and say

to yourself, "Do you though this

person?" But the leads grew cold.

While every false start, every

failed inquiry hurt Bruce and

Denise, it made them stronger too.

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perhaps a foundation, and that way

we can assist other families, other

victims of crime, and sort of make

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Their foundation grew. Charity

walks for Daniel kept his name in

the news.

In the five years after he

disappeared, police received more

than 20,000 leads. Not one of them

solid enough. These people are

investors and developers and

business leaders within south-east

Queensland that have come together

to raise $750,000. The Queensland

Government made up the rest of a $1 million reward.

Years past, and the Morcombes found

ways to cope. You reach a point

when you say, "We need some

release,." And we think that this

is the close of a chapter. Burning

the likeness of a potential suspect proved cathartic during the

coronial inquest. The hearing threw

up new information, and persons of interest.

There's definitely a couple of POIs

that are stand-outs and there's a

number that we think need further investigation.

Leading to this weekend's arrest.

And the press conference they'd

waited so long to give.

It is a very difficult place Denise

and the family find ourselves in,

somewhere that we have worked

extremely hard over seven years and

eight months to be in. And yet when

you are there, it is a place you don't want to be.

Denise stood at her husband's side sobbing.

Not with relief, she still feels the anguish of 2003.

When they were desperate, but

hopeful, searching for their son,

only now do they seem close to finding finding him.

We have always been positive in our

thoughts that we are going to find

the answer and, of course, we are

only halfway there. And we are

still looking for Daniel. And, you

know, that is the personal focus

for us. It is to see if we can find Daniel.

Dannyise detail with that report.

Well, it was a telling and

emotional moment today when Denise

and Bruce Morcombe admitted for the

first time publicly that they have

accepted that their son is gone

forever. We spoke to them Earl, and

this with s what they had to say.

Mr. And Mrs Morcombe, thank you so

much for talking to us. I know a

lot of people have been using terms

like "closure", terms that you are

undofrtable with. What has the last

48 hours meant to you? It is a

milestone, that is the way I would

describe it. It is a point where we

have worked so hard to achieve,

which is someone being arrested and

charged with Daniel's murder. But

there's many people that have

contributed to that resolve. We are

one small ingredient, which is

perhaps the immediate face, being

Daniel's parents. A lot of people

related to a very ordinary family

that lost their child. I wonder if

on a penal level, this is the

moment that you had to - personal

level, that this moment is the

moment that you had to contemplate

that it is unlikely alive. I had a

glimmer of hope that Daniel may be alive.

But after speaking to the police

and after this man's been charged,

no. He's definitely - he's not

alive. No.

And is this the first time in eight

years that you have said that?

Yeah, I think so. I mean, I always

thought that Daniel was dead. But I

had a little bit of hope. But

Daniel's legacy will live on with

the foundation and we will keep

going. Mrs Morcombe, I know mothers

around Australia watch you on the

television and think you are this

incredibly strong, incredibly brave

woman, are you that strong, brave

woman that we all see?

I can put on a good front.

I get sad. We all get sad at home.

We have a job to do, and our job is

to help find Daniel and we have to continue the work with the

foundation from the last eight

years. We want it to grow bigger

and bigger. I think that is what

Daniel deserves. That is the legacy

that he is going to leave all

children.

You have seen this man, this 41-

year-old man. What were your

impressions of him?

I just felt really cold and sort of

really really scared.

You felt the same, Mr Morcombe?

Absolutely. There was an aura in

the courtroom. And I'm sure, as

this person goes to trial, you know,

in perhaps the years ahead, you

know, the stories that will unfold

will send shivers through the rest of of Australia.

Mrs Morcombe, what is the impact

that this has had on you and your

family over the past almost eight years?

Well, I suppose we are probably a

closer family. I mean, you could

probably say it has destroyed our

family, but we have stuck together.

I mean, it has made us stronger people - probably better people

than what we were eight years ago.

I noticed, Mr Morcombe, you

publicly refer to him to him as

Daniel, occasionally Danny. I

wonder whether there is a public

person that you are talking about

and whether there is part of him

that you are keeping to yourself

and to your family? Oh, look, we

still look at photos and special

things of Daniel that he perhaps

made at school. You know, that we

know that he's physically touched

and written - you know, a fathers

day card or something like that.

You know, they have no monetary

valuable but they are enormously

precious to us.

Just finally, it seems like there

is a huge, overwhelming support

from the Australian public to you

and your family. Is it overwhelming,

Mrs Morcombe? It is a bit. I think

Australia sort of has taken Daniel

a on as their son as well. I think

they were shocked just as much as

us on Saturday night to find out

that, you know, that he's -

probably really dead, now. And that

he won't be coming back to us.

Is Mr. And Mrs Morcombe speaking to

us earlier. Stay with us here.

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Welcome back. A surprising number

of people go missing every day. The

number, believe it or not, is 95 people each day.

And the truth is that the case of

Daniel Morcombe is one of the very

few that makes the headlines. Every

year in this country, a total of

35,000 people are listed as missing.

And as their families grow more

desperate to answers, they are

willing to turn to anyone and

anything for information. Here is Meggie Palmer.

They could be someone's mother,

brother or child. Every 15 minutes,

an Australian goes missing.

95% are found again, but the

whereabouts of these 1,600 Australians remains unknown. Daniel Morcombe's family waited

almost eight years for a

breakthrough this significant. The

bow mont family is still waiting.

Young Jane Anna went missing on

Australia day 1966. It remains a cold cold case.

Elise disappeared without a trace

in 1976, and to this day still no breakthrough.

So this is where you last saw

Daniel? It is, yes. Des O'Keefe has

not seen his son in more than a

month. Daniel has seemingly

vanished into thin air. He was on

medication. He has left home in

circumstances where he has no

resources, no money, no identification.

So in those situations, I think

there is cause for kerp. His

girlfriend, sisters and parents are

desperate for news. They say it is

completely out of character for the

good-natured 24-year-old to leave,

and not say anything.

The last thing I said to Dan was,

"I'm really looking forward to

running with you on Sunday." We

were going to a run in Melbourne together.

He didn't let me down like this. I don't know why...

It doesn't make sense.

Time will not begin again for me

until I know where he is know that

he is safe. On average 95 people

are reported missing every day. It

is an overwhelming work load for

police and compels some families to

hire their own private detectives

to make sure every lead is followed.

The O'Keefes are offering a reward

for information about Daniel. They

have also hired a private

investigator. I understand how

under-resourced the police are and

how they need to prioritise. I

guess in the early stages, it is

just another missing kid. So they

can't be expected to do the lot on

their own. In cases that go cold,

police have to reduce their

resources on the case and certain

areas may not be as thoroughly

investigated as what the victims'

family would like. Investigators

stress anyone with concerns about

the welfare of a loved one should

phone 000 immediately.

Certainly, the first 24 hours after

a child is reported missing is a

critical time frame to be able to

get an eyewitness, or to understand what is actually happened.

Meggie Palmer with that report. We

are going to take a break from that

coverage for the moment, and turn

our attentions to some other

significant news today.

And we begin in Libya, where rebel

fighters have made some significant gains against the Gaddafi force.

For months, we have been covering

the war in Libya here on 6.30, and

tonight we can tell you about a

town close to the capital, which

rebel forces have captured from

Gaddafi's forces. It is Zawiyah,

only 50km west of Tripoli. I think

it marks the most significant advance against government forces for months. Here is Alex Thompson.

Alwhack ba - God is great.

Jubilation from rebels who march

openly into Zawiyah, who have taken

control. Over one of the towns lost,

they tear down the Government flag,

and hoist the opposition one

moments later. But despite the

celebratory gunfire and cheering,

it is unclear if the rebels really

have taken the town entirely.

The sight and sound of rebels here

fleeing incoming fire underlining

that government forces will not

leave Zawiyah easily. But for the

rebels, the familiar mantra across

this year - onwards to Tripoli.

In shallah! TRANSLATION: We

liberated Zawiyah, tomorrow we will

go to Tripoli. Freedom, freedom,

Zawiyah, freedom. That is a claim

disputeed by the Government who say

that this action came from a

handful of fighters already in Zawiyah. Zawiyah is absolutely

under our control. A very small

group of rebels tried to move south

of Zawiyah. They were stopped

easily by our armed forces. There

were a small group that resided

inside Zawiyah. But the - they took

action too early and they were

dealt with. Zawiyah, of course, has

changed hands several times during

this war. And a rebellion in April

was crushed and it has remained

under Colonel Gaddafi's control

since then. If opposition forces

have taken it, then putting it back

under government control could sap

troops in the capital itself.

Zawiyah's oil refinerys are the

last left in the government control

in the west of the country.

Tonight, we have been talking about

the community coming together in

the most tragic of circumstances.

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Well, tonight's program has been

all about a community coming

together in the most tragic of

circumstances. But we are finishing

the program with a community coming

together for much happier reasons.

Eddy Meyer has this report from the

central west NSW town of Orange.

For Kate Bracks a simple stroll

through the Orange farmers market

will never be simple again. Where

once there was anonymity, there she is now famous.

It is hard to hide. Good to see

you! It is hard to hide now! I know, crazy!

On any day, this once a month

farmers market is popular, never as

popular as this. All keen to ask

questions about food. My favourite

dish was not the one I cooked it

was the caramelised one with a

chocolate mousse and straight

banana. The favour flavours in it

were beautiful. And fame? Yesterday,

in my inbox, there was an email from Maggie Beer!

Photographs, and autographs.

Kate is not the only success story

here, for a regional town, Orange

punches well above its weight,

trading on a growing food culture.

What it is about food in Orange? I

think what's happened in recent

years is, as food as become popular,

we grow so much of it here in

Orange, and people are realising

that. This nest 'Masterchef' is

happy to be an ambassador. This is

a town well used to selling itself

as a destination, in a competitive

tourism market. In the wineries

around here, the local produce - it

is a great region for foodies.

Great to get away from the city and

come up here. But I think this has

made it stronger sthoofplt we have

lots of other things in Orange,

though, which makes us

differentiated from other regions.

What you will find is passionate people. They are passionate about what they do and produce.

It is a pretty sure product. And

this market is the perfect snapshot

of everything the region produces,

from wine and fruit, to vegetables,

meat and dairy products. Try this

one on your toast and veggies! And

it is really good. Have you noticed

more tourism? I have been here 20

years but I have noticed the

difference in the past 5, 10 years.

Orange is prosperous for regional

NSW and Australia. We have a large

gold mine - probably the richest in

Australia. But success comes with

pressure on infrastructure, rental

demand here outstrips supply.

Property prices are rising. Do you

worry that it will bring too much

attention? Certainly, no. I think

no - too much attention is a good

thing. Especially for a city,

especially for a regional city.

Orange is working on an international reputation.

A Frenchman in Orange, why? Because

of the great quality of the grapes, the cool climate.

It seems as recipes go, this is an easy easy one.

Ed mire mire with

Thanks for joining us. We will see you again tomorrow.

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Tonight - could Daniel Morcombe's

family finally get the answers they

have been looking for? Why steroid

use in Australia sky rocketed?

Farmers versus miners, who is

supporting who? And the stars of

'Horrible Bosses' join us live.

This is the 7pm Project.

Good evening, and welcome to 7pm

Project. Please welcome back to the

desk Jen Byrne!

Thank you! We have a great show

ahead for you tonight. In the news

today, Monday 15th August, and the

parents of missing Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe have

visited the bushland are emergency

services are working for their

son's remains. A 41-year-old Perth

man appeared in court today charged

with Daniel's murder. He was

remanded in custody. While

thousands of people have rallied in

Birmingham to show solidarity in

the wake of last week's riots, the

British Government plans to press

ahead with cuts to its police

budget. That is despite the force

being over whelmed during the

violence. We cannot pretend that