Human remains have been found inside a crocodile that has been connected to the death of a 69-year-old fisherman on Queensland’s north coast.
Queensland police said the 4.2 metre long animal was examined by a specialist in Cairns, who discovered human remains inside it.
The examination came after Department of Environment and Science officers removed the crocodile from a spot near Hinchinbrook Island, halfway between Cairns and Townsville.
The fisherman was last seen on Thursday afternoon. He failed to return from what was supposed to be an hour-long fishing excursion in Gayundah Creek, police were told.
The man’s wife contacted police when he failed to return home and she was unable to contact him via radio.
Early Friday morning, the man’s two-metre long boat was found upside-down.
On Saturday, human remains were found in a search area near Hinchinbrook Island.
Police believe those remains are from the missing man, but it has not yet been confirmed by forensic testing.
That discovery prompted a search for a crocodile, involving State Emergency Service volunteers, Coast Guard personnel, DES officials and police.
A report will be prepared for the coroner and police said their investigation would continue.