Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANIEL BATE­MAN

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.

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