Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Elderly woman feared killed by crocodile in Australia

Elderly woman feared killed by crocodile in Australia

Anne Cameron, 79, disappeared from a Port Douglas nursing home on Tuesday, with police unable to rule out the possibility she had been attacked by a crocodile after wandering down to a nearby river.

Her granddaughter Isabella Eggins posted on social media late yesterday, saying the family believed she had died "in tragic circumstances".

Anne Cameron, 79, went missing from her aged care facility.

Far North Police Acting Inspector Ed Lukin said the items and possible human remains found were being tested in Cairns. Police fear Cameron, who only been at the facility for a few weeks, may have been taken by a crocodile after becoming disoriented when she wandered into a dense area of bushland.

"Because of the proximity of these items and this unknown material located near this creek bank, we can not rule out the possibility of a croc attack".

Forensic tests are being carried out in Cairns. Of course as the days progress that option will diminish and as time goes by we will continue to reassess our searching options.

EARLIER: Fears are held that an elderly woman missing near Port Douglas may have been taken by a crocodile.

"I do believe she suffers from dementia, it has happened previously with her and she has sought the assistance of members of the public to be returned back to Ozcare", he said.

A woman, 68, was found walking along a road north of Wyndham in the WA Kimberley region, missing half an arm after a croc attack at Three Mile Creek.

Cameron is believed to have removed her clothing before going into the creek, authorities said.

Fellow resident Judith Wright said she saw Ms Cameron walking towards the facility's administration building shortly before 4:00 on Tuesday, the day she disappeared. She was last seen in Craiglie, near Port Douglas and is described as slim, 165cm tall with short grey hair.

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