Thursday, 14 December, 2017

'Human remains' found as family fears missing grandmother was taken by crocodile

Fears crocodile may have taken missing Queensland grandma Woman feared to have been killed by crocodile after going missing from aged care home in Australia
Sammy Stanley | 13 October, 2017, 07:39

Anne Cameron, 79, went missing from an aged care home in Port Douglas, north of Cairns, on Tuesday afternoon.

Police believe the woman, who suffered dementia, had wandered and became lost.

A major search has been underway since yesterday with the clothing items located at the isolated creek today.

Ms Cameron's devastated family conceded they were of the "firm belief" Anne had "passed away in tragic circumstances" as they waited for DNA testing to come back.

"We continue to search the area in the hope of finding her alive [but] because of the proximity of these items near the creek bank, we can not rule out the possibility of a crocodile attack".

"We also located a walking stick with her name on it, we have also located some biological matter which we believe to be human remains".

Results of the forensic tests are expected later today or tomorrow morning. Of course as the days progress that option will diminish and as time goes by we will continue to reassess our searching options.

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He said reports the woman's clothes had been folded were "inaccurate".

"We still hold out hope that we will find this missing person alive".

On Facebook, Anne's granddaughter Isabella Eggins thanked those who helped in the extensive search for her nan.

Crocodiles in the region are territorial and known to be extremely aggressive. Investigations point to him being taken by a four-metre crocodile.

Cameron is believed to have removed her clothing before going into the creek, authorities said. She was last seen in Craiglie, near Port Douglas and is described as slim, 165cm tall with short grey hair.

A crocodile reportedly tried to drag Peter Rowsell, 19, from a tent by his foot at Palm Creek in the Northern Territory.

Ms Wright said she was very upset when she heard Ms Cameron was missing.

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