Lawyers for the man accused of killing Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe have consented to the release of the boy's remains to his family.
The 13-year-old was last seen waiting for a bus at an overpass at Woombye on the Sunshine Coast in December 2003.
The presentation of DNA evidence has been completed at the committal hearing of Brett Peter Cowan, 43, who faces five charges, including child stealing and murder.
Cowan's lawyer informed the court that he had been instructed by his client to consent to the release of remains that were found in bushland near the Glasshouse Mountains last year.
But the Morcombe family still do not know when the remains will be returned to them, as the Crown, police and the director of public prosecutions must give the go-ahead.
Earlier today, DNA expert Dr Jeremy Austin from the University of Adelaide told the court samples taken from a bone fragment found on the Sunshine Coast match the family of Daniel Morcombe.
Dr Austin is an expert in mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from mother to child.
He was asked to test a bone found by police at Beerwah last year after Cowan was charged.
Dr Austin said he got seven DNA matches with samples taken from Daniel's mother Denise Morcombe and his two brothers.
He said there was no match with the missing boy's father, Bruce Morcombe, which is the result he expected because mitochondrial DNA is not passed on by men.