Police have confirmed human remains found in bushland south of Sydney do belong to murdered man Matthew Leveson.
New South Wales Police searching remote bushland in the Royal National Park found human remains on Wednesday last week.
The remains were tested for DNA and on Sunday were confirmed to belong to Matthew Leveson, who went missing in September 2007, police said.
On Facebook, parents Mark and Faye Leveson thanked loved ones and friends who helped and supported their almost decade-long search for their son.
“It has now been CONFIRMED by DNA testing that the remains found WERE OF OUR BELOVED MATTY,” they wrote.
“Our family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts. Especially our family and friends who have stuck by our side unwaveringly throughout our journey of finding our beautiful son, brother, cousin, soulmate, best friend and friend.
“To the community of Australia and worldwide that have supported us, we can never ever thank you enough for all your love, support, prayers and well wishes, that we have received from you all.
“It is all of these things plus our unconditional love for Matt that have kept us going.”
Mr Leveson posted a photo to Twitter on Sunday afternoon of the cabbage tree palm under which Matthew’s body was found, in its new home in the family’s backyard.
“It certainly is Matty’s Palm too as DNA testing has now been completed,” he wrote.
— Mark Leveson (@MarkLeveson) June 4, 2017
— Mark Leveson (@MarkLeveson) June 3, 2017