Matthew Leveson's Parents Pay Tribute To Murdered Son After Decade-Long Search

The Levesons had never given up hope of finding Matthew since the 20-year-old disappeared nearly ten years ago after leaving Darlinghurst's ARQ nightclub with his then-boyfriend Michael Atkins.

When asked by SBS World News whether this result would bring their family closure, Mr Leveson said no.

The pair had been consulted on the decision to grant Atkins immunity from prosecution, which Matthew's mother said was a awful decision to have to make.

Police believe the skeleton belongs to Matthew but Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin says they can't be completely certain yet.

Bones have been found in bushland south of Sydney in the search for missing man Matthew Leveson.

Matthew's parents have never given up hope of finding their son's body and had even taken the search for Matthew's body into their own hands.

The Levesons may have finally found what they have been looking for all these years but it's hardly a happy ending.

"They painted us into a corner", Mrs Leveson said.

"Of course there is a lot of work for the police and the coroner to do yet so we might not get Matt home for a while yet", he said.

Legal experts say it's nearly impossible Michael Atkins will face a fresh murder charge based on the fact human remains found in NSW bushland likely belong to his former lover Matthew Leveson.

NSW police at the crime scene where human remains have been unearthed.

The 20-year-old disappeared in 2007, on the same day Atkins was caught on CCTV buying a mattock and duct tape.

Fairfax Media / Kate Geraghty Forensics officers in white suits worked into the night examining the human remains.

'Depending on what the police find, there is the remote possibility of a charge being resurrected against Atkins, but I wouldn't but too much hope on it, ' he told ABC radio on Thursday.

The skeletal remains of what is believed to be missing man Matthew Leveson have been exhumed.

His former partner, Michael Atkins, was acquitted of murder in 2009 and was later given immunity from prosecution for perjury. The area has since been cordoned off and declared a crime scene.

20 May 2016: Mr Atkins ordered to give evidence at the inquest and granted immunity from any information he gave being used to prosecute him.

It's the third time in six months police have searched the bushland area after operations in November and January failed to find any trace of Matthew.

Officers from Strike Force Bowditch - established in 2007 to investigate the disappearance of Leveson - had been searching the area when the discovery was made.

  • Zachary Reyes