A WOMAN suffering dementia who is believed to have been killed by a crocodile was not living in a secure part of her Port Douglas nursing home.
The family of Anne Cameron, 79, has spoken out about the tragic circumstances around the grandmother’s disappearance from the OzCare aged care facility at Craiglie on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said yesterday that Mrs Cameron’s clothes, walking stick and human remains were found near Craiglie Creek, two days after she wandered from her nursing home.
Her son, Craig Eggins, told the ABC that his mother was “fiercely independent” and was living in the low- care facility for early onset dementia patients. The ABC reported that Mrs Cameron had moved north from Canberra a few weeks ago, so she could be closer to her family while she battled Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr Eggins said his mother regularly went for a walk in the afternoons, but often got lost. “We are certain she got disorientated … then she became confused as to which way she was supposed to go.”
OzCare Port Douglas facility manager Daniel Robinson confirmed that Mrs Cameron was not a resident in the special care secure unit.
Acting Inspector Ed Lukin said forensic tests on the human remains would be carried out to confirm they belonged to Mrs Cameron. However he said it was the “logical conclusion” that they belonged to her, as there was no one else reported missing.