Almost nine years after Daniel Morcombe disappeared while waiting for a bus on the Sunshine Coast, his accused murderer is set to face a committal hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Look back on a timeline of the key developments in the search for Daniel, the police investigation, and the case against Brett Peter Cowan.
December 7, 2003
Thirteen-year-old Daniel Morcombe vanishes while waiting for a bus under the Kiel Mountain Road overpass on Nambour Connection Road, Woombye.
December 14, 2003
Police hold a re-enactment under the Kiel Mountain Road overpass with a mannequin dressed like the teenager.
Detectives also try to trace a blue sedan seen nearby at the time of his disappearance.
December 7, 2004
About 1,000 people attend a memorial service to mark the first anniversary of Daniel's disappearance. A special plaque is unveiled at the site.
October 4, 2004
A $250,000 reward is posted by the Queensland Government for information leading to an arrest or conviction.
November 21, 2004
Police release three sketches of a man seen near Daniel while he waited for a bus.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe launch the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to continue their message on child safety.
December 1, 2008
A record $1 million private reward is offered for new information about Daniel's disappearance.
May 6, 2009
Bruce and Denise Morcombe unveil a life-size model of suspect in their appeal for new leads.
The state coroner receives an extensive investigation report, containing thousands of pages, from police.
October 13, 2010
A coronial inquest, led by State Coroner Michael Barnes, begins.
April 6, 2011
The coronial inquest adjourns in Maroochydore after the state's most senior detective, Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon, gives evidence defending the handling of the biggest police investigation in Queensland's history.
August 13, 2011
Brett Peter Cowan, 41, is arrested and charged with murder, child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse.
August 14, 2011
Cowan makes a brief appearance in the Brisbane Magistrates Court and is remanded in custody.
Over the next year, there are numerous court mentions regarding the case.
August 17, 2011
A shoe is found in a search of bushland in the Sunshine Coast hinterland by police and SES volunteers.
August 21, 2011
Human bones are found in a search of bushland in the Sunshine Coast hinterland by police and SES volunteers.
October 12, 2011
DNA results confirm the human bones found in August belong to Daniel Morcombe.
A nine-week search of bushland in the Sunshine Coast hinterland wraps up.
Police say the scale of the search has been unprecedented, with 900 people spending 13,000 hours scouring a Beerwah property.
October 25, 2012
All preliminary matters are finalised between the crown prosecution and defence ahead of Cowan's committal hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Six witnesses will give evidence in a closed court. More than 40 other witnesses are due to testify in open court.
November 26, 2012
Cowan's committal hearing begins in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Two weeks are set aside, and a further two weeks are scheduled in February 2013.