THE body of missing Sydney man Matthew Leveson has been found.

Skeletal remains at the Royal National Park south of the city have been confirmed as his, The Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

Police have searched the area three times in the last six months after being led to the area by Leveson’s former boyfriend, Michael Atkins, who was acquitted of his murder in 2009.

The bones were discovered last week and taken for DNA testing. On the weekend they were confirmed as belonging to Leveson, who has been missing for almost a decade.

“It’s confirmed that the remains found were that of Matthew Leveson,” said a police spokesperson.

Leveson’s family via Facebook thanked loved ones who had supported the search for their son.

“Our family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts,” they posted.

“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.”

Mark Leveson, Matthew’s father, tweeted that he and wife Faye had brought home the palm tree that grew where the remains were found.

Legal experts say new charges are unlikely to be laid following to discovery, due to deals made with Atkins to lead police to the site in exchange for immunity.

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