RANGERS SET TRAPS AF­TER RE­MAINS FIND

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - GRACE MA­SON, ALI­CIA NALLY AND TOM VOLLING

re­sults of the State Govern­ment’s croc­o­dile sur­vey.

“Ev­ery­one who lives up north knows that the num­bers are ex­plod­ing. They’re in all the wa­ter­ways where they’ve never been be­fore and we don’t seem to have any power up there to do any­thing about this,” he said.

“I think if there were croc­o­diles in Break­fast Creek to- WILDLIFE of­fi­cers are ex­pected to set traps for a croc­o­dile be­lieved re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing an el­derly wo­man miss­ing near Port Dou­glas as her fam­ily comes to terms with their worst fears.

Au­thor­i­ties are yet to con­firm if a croc­o­dile was in­volved or if re­mains found be­side a creek be­long to 79year- old Anne Cameron, but her grand­daugh­ter Is­abella Eg­gins, who has been part of the two- day search, said the fam­ily feared the worst.

“Fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive search and the dis­cov­ery of cer­tain items as a re­sult of that search, we have the firm be­lief that ... Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic cir­cum­stances,” she said.

The Oz­care res­i­dent is be­lieved to have de­men­tia and was last seen on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Clothes and “bi­o­log­i­cal mat­ter” be­lieved to be hu­man re­mains were found in a creek south of Four Mile Beach.

Act­ing In­spec­tor Ed Lukin said cloth­ing and a walk­ing stick with Ms Cameron’s name on it, along with the re­mains, were dis­cov­ered yes­ter­day.

He said the re­mains were un­der­go­ing foren­sic test­ing in Cairns.

“Be­cause of the prox­im­ity of th­ese items and this un­known ma­te­rial lo­cated by this creek bank we can­not rule out a croc at­tack. We still hold out hope that we will find this miss­ing per­son alive,” he said. morrow and snapped at some­one’s foot, I think we’d have laws through this par­lia­ment to­mor­row.”

Dal­rym­ple MP Shane Knuth was dis­ap­pointed the bill hadn’t been pro­gressed more quickly.

“When it comes to what the govern­ment’s do­ing, yeah, they’re putting up croc signs, they’re do­ing counts, but this is

Yes­ter­day, a Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion spokesman said EHP wildlife of­fi­cers had been as­sist­ing po­lice in the search and would con­tinue sur­veil­lance through the night.

A 3m croc­o­dile was cap­tured on Wed­nes­day night in an EHP trap in Dick­sons In­let and re­moved.

Ms Cameron had only been at the Oz­care fa­cil­ity for a few weeks and had pre­vi­ously left the premises, seek­ing the help of the pub­lic to re­turn home.

Oz­care Port Dou­glas fa­cil­ity man­ager Daniel Robin­son de­clined to com­ment on how Ms Cameron could have left with­out staff know­ing.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with Anne’s fam­ily and we are hop­ing for her safe re­turn,” he said.

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil Mayor Ju­lia Leu said it was a “dread­ful sit­u­a­tion” and “ab­so­lutely tragic”. is not go­ing to al­le­vi­ate the problems where you’ve got at­tacks on hu­mans, at­tacks on dogs,” Mr Knuth said.

“This is a very sad mo­ment for Queens­land.”

Townsville Deputy Mayor Les Walker said the Port Dou­glas in­ci­dent was of con­cern to all North Queens­land res­i­dents.

“There height­ened aware­ness of croc­o­diles up and down the length of the east coast,” he said. “If ac­tiv­ity is in­creased, more ac­tion is no doubt needed.”

Cr Walker said croc­o­diles had spread to ar­eas where they never had been in his younger years. “I’d never seen croc­o­diles in the lo­cal creeks but now I see them all the time,” he said.

WORST FEARS: The mouth of the creek where items thought to be­long to Anne Cameron ( left) were found.

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