Crocodile suspected of killing Australia woman with dementia
BRISBANE, Australia — Authorities in northern Australia were searching on Friday for a crocodile suspected of killing a dementia patient who wandered from a nursing home, police said.
Anne Cameron’s clothes, walking stick and what appeared to be human remains were found near a creek bank on Thursday two days after the 79-year-old woman wandered from a nursing home at Port Douglas in Queensland state, Police Inspector Ed Lukin said.
Police suspect she wandered into tropical forest and became disoriented, triggering an extensive search.
The remains were found about a mile from the nursing home. The remains were expected to be confirmed as human by pathologists in Cairns on Friday, Lukin said.
State rangers set crocodile traps on Thursday night. The woman’s granddaughter Isabella Eggins posted on social media that the family “have the firm belief that my nan Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances.”