Police find human remains inside crocodile in hunt for missing grandmother

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2017

EHP Conservation Operations Manager Chris Artiemiew said the target croc, which was displaying "subtle" changes in behaviour was located on Sunday afternoon with rangers having to work through hard conditions before it could be caught.

Queensland Police today confirmed the 4.3-metre estuarine crocodile had been removed from Mowbray River near Craiglie overnight, just under a week after the much-loved grandmother went missing.

Saltwater crocodiles kill an average of two people a year and their numbers have rocketed since they were made a protected species in the 1970s but Ms Cameron's family said they did not want to see any of the animals killed.

A walking stick and other items belonging to Anne Cameron, 79, were first discovered at a creek south of the Port Douglas area last week, local media reported. The captured animal was examined in Cairns on Tuesday, with human remains found inside.

"It's very emotional for all of those members that are working on these investigations and it's always hard when we have a missing person".

Environment Minister Steven Miles said the crocodile was euthanised.

"What we're trying to do is entice the crocodile with a range of methods to maximise our chances of catching the target animal".

Police investigations are continuing with officers preparing a report for the Coroner.

Lee de Paauw, 18, injured after he was dared to jump into an Innisfail river in the middle of the night.

A 47-year-old man was killed by a crocodile after wading into a river crossing near Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

A woman, 68, was found walking along a road north of Wyndham in the WA Kimberley region, missing half an arm after a croc attack at Three Mile Creek.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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