Daniel Morcombe's final grave site tribute in red
THE parents of Daniel Morcombe say a red granite headstone is a fitting final tribute for the resting place of their son at Woombye Cemetery.
The Morcombes posted a picture of the headstone featuring photos and tributes to their teenage son to their massive social media following on Tuesday night.
The 13-year-old's remains were buried just a couple of kilometres from where the 13-year-old disappeared after being recovered from bushland in the Glass House Mountains area.
The remains were finally handed over to the Morcombes late last year after lengthy delays due to the ongoing court case.
"We wanted something fittng to Daniel and red granite was a fairly obvious choice,'' Daniel's father Bruce Morcombe told the ABC.
"We want to incorporate a photo of Daniel that captured some of his eyes and his unique smile that people have held close to their hearts.''
By Wednesday morning, the image has been liked more than 22,260 times and shared by more than 2200 users.
The message, signed by Daniel's parents Bruce and Denise and brothers Dean and Brad, thanked John McDiarmid from JJ McDiarmid & Sons Monumental Stone Masons in Sydney and Life Memories Glass Plaques in Adelaide.
The man accused of abducting and murdering Daniel will face court in a pre-trial hearing later this year.
Brett Peter Cowan's case will come before the Supreme Court on November 6 for the hearing, which is expected to last up to a week.
Mr Cowan's trial is not expected to begin until next year.
Daniel was 13 when he went missing while waiting for a bus at Woombye in 2003.
His disappearance sparked one of the biggest missing persons investigations in Australia and also led to the formation of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation which pushes child safety messages to thousands of children across Australian schools.