Bones found in missing Australian boy case

DVBP871 4 JY 0223 AUS /AFP-VC73 Australia-crime-missing Bones found in missing Australian boy case SYDNEY, Aug 21, 2011 (AFP) - Police investigating one of Australia's most high-profile missing children's cases on Sunday said they had found human bones in a forest where a 13-year-old was believed to be buried. Daniel Morcombe was last seen waiting for a bus in northern Queensland in 2003 and his disappearance sparked a nationwide hunt, followed by years of false leads and dead ends avidly followed by public and press alike. A recent inquest into the case prompted a breakthrough which saw a truck driver, Brett Peter Cowan, 41, charged last week with Morcombe's abduction, murder and interfering with his corpse. Police also began combing a Queensland forest for the teenager's remains and on Sunday said they had found human bones. "A preliminary forensic analysis has confirmed that three bones found at the site in Beerwah where police are searching for the remains of Daniel Morcombe are human," police said. "More definitive testing including DNA analysis will commence in the coming days in an attempt to establish the identity of the bones." Morcombe's family, who had held out hope that he might still be alive until Cowan was charged with his murder, had been informed, police added. ajc/slb AFP 210941 GMT AUG 11