Morcombe (right) with Kate McCann, the mother of missing
British child Madeleine McCann. Photo: The Sunshine Coast
Denise Morcombe woke up in the middle of the night, realising she had
not told some important people that a man had been charged with the
murder of her son Daniel.
She had not shared the news with Gerry and Kate McCann, who still are
searching for their missing daughter Madeleine who was abducted in 2007.
The McCanns and the Morcombes have built a friendship over their shared
As soon as she got up yesterday, Mrs Morcombe said she sent them an
email to let the McCanns know how close they were to finding Daniel.
"They are people who understand, we understand how each other is
feeling," she said.
"I just told Kate and Gerry that someone had been charged with Danny's
"I asked Bruce if he had spoken to Kate and he hadn't so I thought it
would be nice to let them know."
The two families struck up a friendship when the Morcombes wrote to the
McCanns after their three-year-old daughter had been abducted from an
apartment in Portugal.
Mrs Morcombe said there were differences in the cases because Maddie
went missing in a different country to her home and the McCanns had to
deal with language barriers and foreign police.
"My hope for them is they find Maddie and soon," she said.
The couples met for the first time in June when they had dinner at a pub
in Stratford in the UK, with the hours flying by in what seemed like
"I looked up at the wall and could not believe the time," Mrs Morcombe
"We talked about our families, about Danny and Maddie and their cases."