Care home woman, 79, eaten by crocodile

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Jonathan Pearl­man

AU­THOR­I­TIES in Aus­tralia be­lieve a woman has been eaten by a crocodile after hu­man re­mains were found be­side a re­mote creek in the coun­try’s north-east.

Anne Cameron, 79, went miss­ing on Tues­day from a care home near Port Dou­glas in the state of Queens­land.

Po­lice later found cloth­ing, a walk­ing stick bear­ing her name and hu­man re­mains be­side a crocodile-in­fested creek near Four Mile Beach, about a mile from the home. Wildlife of­fi­cers be­gan search­ing for croc­o­diles in the area and were set­ting traps last night to try to catch the crea­ture that is be­lieved to have killed Ms Cameron.

One 7ft crocodile has al­ready been caught and was removed from the area.

Is­abella Eg­gins, Ms Cameron’s grand­daugh­ter, con­firmed on Face­book that her rel­a­tive had died “in tragic cir­cum­stances”.

She wrote: “It is my deep re­gret to in­form you that fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive search and the dis­cov­ery of cer­tain items as a re­sult of that search, we have the firm be­lief that my nan, Anne Cameron, has passed away in tragic cir­cum­stances.”

Ear­lier she had asked for help in the search for her, but po­lice told lo­cals to stay away from the area be­cause of fears “there had been a croc in­volved in this miss­ing per­son”.

Oz­care, the com­pany that runs the home, de­clined to com­ment.

A re­cent se­ries of crocodile at­tacks has prompted calls for a cull, but the move so far has been re­jected.

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