PREMIER Anna Bligh and Police Minister Neil Roberts have welcomed this afternoon's breakthrough in the case of missing Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe.
"On behalf of all Queenslanders I would like to express my appreciation to the Queensland Police Service officers who have worked tirelessly to determine what happened to Daniel after he went missing on December 7, 2003," Premier Bligh said.
"I also thank the many members of the public and the media who assisted the investigation by providing information.
"Obviously with today's development the case is now a matter for the courts and I do not intend to comment any further on the specifics of the case, but the fact police feel they have enough evidence to lay charges is good news."
Mr Roberts said the Queensland Police Service's investigation into Daniel's disappearance was one of the largest and most complex it had ever undertaken.
"The QPS investigated more than 18,000 job logs in relation to the Daniel Morcombe investigation since it commenced in December 2003," Mr Roberts said.
"Despite the amount of time that has passed, officers continued to follow leads as they were identified.
"Today's arrest is a direct result of the commitment of the police to this case."
Premier Bligh also paid tribute to Bruce and Denise Morcombe.
"As a parent I can only imagine the heartbreak and devastation Bruce and Denise have endured since Daniel's disappearance.
"They have never stopped fighting to find out what has happened to Daniel.
"They have since dedicated their time to educating the community about child safety and protection.
"Their love for Daniel is an inspiration for us all.''
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