Detectives will continue their search for the remains of missing Sydney man Matthew Leveson at the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, tomorrow after beginning the hunt today with the assistance of his former partner.
Mr Leveson’s former partner Michael Atkins, 53, has been helping police with their inquiries since Friday last week after being compelled to give evidence at an inquest.
Mr Leveson, 20, was last seen outside Sydney nightclub ARQ with Mr Atkins on the night he disappeared.
His body has never been found.
In February 2012, a $100,000 reward was announced for information leading to the discovery of Mr Leveson’s body.
In 2009, Mr Atkins was acquitted of murdering his former partner after a trial during in which he exercised his right to silence.
He was due to resume giving evidence for a sixth day at an inquest in Sydney on Thursday but the hearing was adjourned until the afternoon.
It is believed homicide detectives have been negotiating with Mr Atkins and his lawyers since Friday.
Deputy state coroner Elaine Truscott compelled Mr Atkins to give evidence and granted him immunity from prosecution, which means any evidence he gives cannot be used against him in a criminal trial.
Police said detectives received information that led them to the Royal National Park this morning, where an extensive search was conducted and a crime scene was established.
Police cordoned off an area of bush about four kilometres from the Waterfall entrance to the Royal National Park.
At least four detectives were on site and a forensics van was parked on the side of the road.
A bushwalking track is inside the crime scene area.
The search will resume on Friday.
Mr Leveson’s parents Faye and Mark Leveson spoke briefly outside Glebe Coroner’s Court.