BUSINESS leaders have joined with police to offer a record $1 million reward for information that helps find missing Queensland boy Daniel Morcombe.
Daniel was 13 when he vanished from Palmwoods, on the Sunshine Coast hinterland north of Brisbane, on the afternoon of December 7, 2003.
He had planned to catch a bus on Nambour Connection Road to go shopping at Maroochydore and has not been seen since.
Four years ago, police set a $250,000 reward.
Today business leaders chipped in an extra $750,000 - on offer only for the next six months - taking the total to $1 million.
Police Minister Judy Spence said the reward was available for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or people responsible for Daniel's suspected abduction and murder, or the location of Daniel's body.
"After five years of not knowing, his family deserve to find Daniel and know that those responsible have been brought to justice," Ms Spence said.
Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said a team of investigators was ready to follow-up any new information.
He said accomplices could receive indemnity from prosecution.
Daniel's father Bruce Morcombe welcomed the renewed focus on the case.
"This increased reward, announced just six days before the fifth anniversary of Daniel's disappearance, is offered in the hope we can finally find Daniel," Mr Morcombe said.
Name: MORCOMBE, Daniel James
D.O.B: 19 December 1989
Height: 150 cm
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (free call within Australia).
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Tags: Queensland Police, Daniel Morcombe, Missing Children, Reward $1Million
Location: Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia (load item map)
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