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Human remains located during search for Matthew Leveson - SCC Homicide Squad

Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:28:10 PM

Police are continuing the search for further remains after human bones were located in the Royal National Park yesterday.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad’s Strike Force Bowditch commenced a coordinated search in the park near Waterfall last Monday (22 May 2017), and discovered the bones within the search area about 2.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 31 May 2017).

The search continued today (Thursday 1 June 2017), and officers located further bones and items of interest.

The remains will be subject to examination by a forensic pathologist and a forensic anthropologist, followed by further analysis, including DNA testing.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin from the Homicide Squad said police believe the remains are that of Matthew Leveson.

“While we need to await the results of forensic examinations for absolute confirmation, we believe what we have found is consistent with this being Matthew,” Det Ch Insp Jubelin said.

“The loss of a loved one is never easy to deal with, but the grief can be even harder to overcome when you can’t lay them to rest.

“We hope the Levesons will soon be able to properly – and respectfully – say goodbye to Matthew,” Det Ch Insp Jubelin said.

The 2007 disappearance of Mr Leveson is currently subject to a Coronial Inquiry, which is due to resume in August. As such, police are not in a position to comment further.