Bones found in search for murdered Sydney man Matthew Leveson

POLICE have unearthed what appear to be human skeletal remains while searching for the body of murdered Sydney man, Matthew Leveson in the Royal National Park.

Mr Leveson disappeared without a trace a decade ago after walking out of ARQ nightclub in Darlinghurst during the early hours of September 23, 2007.

His ex-boyfriend Michael Atkins was initially charged with his murder but was acquitted in 2009.


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During an inquest held late last year, Mr Atkins led police to an area in the Royal National Park where he claimed that Mr Leveson’s body had been buried after being offered immunity from prosecution.

Multiple searches of the area, however, failed to locate any items of interest.

Excavators were last week called in to help police in a new search at the potential burial site off Waterfall Road.

Following days of intense searching and digging, a backhoe dug up a set of bones on Wednesday afternoon.

Although at first glance the bones appear to be human, police say forensic testing will need to be carried out to determine whether or not they belong to Mr Leveson.

Mr Leveson’s parents were seen hugging and crying at the search site shortly after the discovery was made on Wednesday. The area has since been cordoned off and declared a crime scene.

The inquest into Mr Leveson’s death is scheduled to resume in August.

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