The search for the body of missing man Matthew Leveson in bushland south of Sydney has ended with no breakthrough.
Police have been searching the Royal National Park for eight days, after Mr Leveson’s boyfriend Michael Atkins led them to the location.
Mr Leveson’s parents Mark and Faye Leveson said while the outcome was disappointing, they were more determined than ever to find their son.
Police said the investigation into Mr Leveson’s disappearance will continue and the coronial inquest will resume in March.
Mr Leveson, 20, was last seen outside Sydney nightclub ARQ with Michael Atkins in September 2007.
Mr Atkins was tried and acquitted of Matthew Leveson’s murder in 2009 after a trial during which he exercised his right to silence.
In October, he was compelled to give evidence at an inquest.
During questioning, he admitted lying to police when his boyfriend disappeared in September 2007.
He also admitted lying under oath at the inquest.
He then struck a deal with police giving him immunity from prosecution for perjury and contempt of court in return for information leading to the recovery of Mr Leveson’s body.
However this immunity was dependent on police finding Mr Leveson’s remains.
‘I promise Matty, we’ll bring you home’
Speaking to media at the search site, Mrs Leveson said she had printed out a new tribute to her son every day of the search in the hope they would find him.