Human remains have been found inside a saltwater crocodile captured in northern Queensland, a week after a 79-year-old woman was reported missing in the area.
The 4.3 metre estuarine crocodile was captured by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection overnight and investigated by a specialist, after remains believed to be those of Craiglie resident Anne Cameron were located along Mowbray River.
Her clothes and a walking stick bearing her name were also found along the waterway.
Queensland Police Acting Inspector Ed Lukin told reporters it is highly likely the remains are those of Cameron, as no other people had recently been reported missing in the area.
Environment Minister Steven Miles today confirmed the crocodile had been euthanised, and urged “residents and visitors to Port Douglas continue to exercise crocwise behaviour at all times.”
Cameron was last seen one week ago at her aged care facility. It is believed she became lost during a bush walk in the region, which is known to be a crocodile habitat.
In a social media post, Cameron’s son Craig Eggins wrote “she went up the creek thinking it to be the correct path, and then became lost at nightfall due to the heavy terrain and her cataracts.”
Police are continuing to investigate, and will prepare a report for the coroner.