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Australian found guilty of murdering teenager missing for decade

Published on Mar 13, 2014 3:47 PM

BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) - A man with a long history of preying on children was found guilty on Thursday of murder and interfering with a corpse in one of Australia's biggest-ever missing person's cases.

Father-of-three Brett Peter Cowan, 44, pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to the killing of Daniel Morcombe, 13, who was last seen waiting for a bus in northern Queensland in 2003.

His disappearance sparked a massive nationwide hunt, followed by years of false leads and dead ends avidly followed by public and press alike.

Cowan faces a life sentence for the murder with a minimum of 15 years without parole. He is expected to be sentenced next week.

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