Police and SES search for clues for Daniel Morcombe.
Police and SES search for clues for Daniel Morcombe.

Morcombe Inquest: Forensics come under scrutiny

DAY two of the inquest into the death and abduction of Daniel Morcombe has begun in Brisbane.

Coroner Terry Ryan is now turning his attention to the forensic aspect of the long-running police investigation with evidence expected from DNA experts.

It follows a fiery end to Wednesday's hearing which saw Queensland's assistant police commissioner Mike Condon reject any suggestion that the now convicted Brett Peter Cowan should have been arrested as early as two weeks after Daniel disappeared.

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Two former police officers told the court they suspected Cowan was the killer from the first time they met him on December 21, 2003 and believed he should have been placed under immediate surveillance.

It wasn't until 2011 that Cowan was arrested and charged with Daniel's murder.

Ass Com Condon, who was the officer in charge of the homicide investigation, said he would never have approved the arrest a day earlier.

The inquest, which is looking at the methodology used by police and the time it took to bring Cowan to justice, is expected to finish this afternoon.

Findings will likely be reserved until next year.