By Ursula Malone and staff
Police are continuing their search for the body of missing man Matthew Leveson in the Royal National Park south of Sydney.
They have spent the past two days digging at a remote track in the park and have started up the excavator again today.
A smaller digger arrived on site this morning along with police sniffer dogs which are concentrating on a spot 40 metres from the road.
Police are quietly confident the 20-year-old’s body was buried there shortly after he went missing in September 2007.
Matthew’s father, Mark Leveson, said he shared officers’ confidence, and the family had already spent time looking for his body down the road from the current search site.
He said he and the family had found the area by “thinking like a killer” and asking themselves a series of questions:
“Where could I get my car off the road? Can I back it in? Can I get a body in the bush without being seen? Is the ground dig-able?”
Mr Leveson said his family would not give up looking for Matthew.
“The whole process has taught us patience,” he said.
“As long as it takes, that’s how long it takes.”
On Friday afternoon a white sneaker was recovered from the site and taken away by forensics officials for testing, but it remains unclear whether the shoe is connected to the cold case.
Search began after Atkins’ tip off
The search for Mr Leveson’s remains started after a tip off from his boyfriend Michael Atkins.
Mr Atkins was acquitted of Matthew’s murder and manslaughter in 2009.
Mr Leveson, 20, was last seen outside Sydney nightclub ARQ with Mr Atkins on the night he disappeared.