Twin brothers Bradley and Daniel Morcombe shared everything. They rode their bikes together, cared for their horses together and took turns in opening their presents on their joint birthday.
It was unusual then, for Daniel to go out solo in December, 2003. Daniel asked Bradley to join him on his trip to the shops to buy Christmas presents, but Bradley decided he would go the next day.
It was a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Daniel never came home. His family has spent almost eight years searching for him, hoping he was still alive. But last month, a man was arrested over his murder.
"I wonder what might have happened if I'd gone with him," Bradley tells the September edition of The Weekly.
"Perhaps it would have been both of us that disappeared. But I think that whoever came along probably wouldn't have tried if there were two people. If I'd gone with him, it's more than likely he'd still be here."
Brad, now a fencing contractor, paid tribute to his parents, who have pushed for a resolution to the case since Daniel's disappearance in December, 2003.
"Mum and dad are amazing people and I think they are inspirational," he says. "The best thing has been that we can rely on each other, know when we need support and help each other through, even though sometimes it's hard."
Read the full interview with Bradley Morcombe in the September issue of The Australian Women's Weekly.
Subscribe to 12 issues of The Australian Women's Weekly for just $69.95 and receive two FREE profile photo frmaes, valued at $37.90. That's a 15% saving on the retail price.
Video: Daniel Morcombe's parents discuss their grief