14 Aug 2011

Murder charge laid in missing boy case

2:50 pm on 14 August 2011

Queensland Police have charged a man with murder in a major breakthrough in the biggest missing person investigation in the state's history.

Daniel Morcombe, 13, disappeared while waiting for a bus at Woombye, on the Sunshine Coast, in December 2003.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder, deprivation of liberty, child stealing and interfering with a corpse.

Police say there will be a search of bushland on the Sunshine Coast as part of the continuing investigation but no further details were provided, the ABC reports.

More than 100 police officers have worked on the case, interviewing more than 10,000 people.

Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said it was very significant milestone in what has obviously been a complex and protracted investigation," he said.

"We have repeatedly affirmed our commitment to solving this disappearance and have never wavered in this resolve."

The arrested man is due to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.