Queensland Police in Australia announced Tuesday that they found human remains, believed to be 79-year-old Anne Cameron, inside a crocodile.
Cameron went missing last week after going for a walk. She suffered from dementia and lived in an “aged care home,” according to BuzzFeed News.
Her clothing and some of her remains, as well as her walking stick and some jewelry, were found nearby on a creek bank.
Cameron's son, Craig, stated in a social media post that he and his family didn’t want any crocodiles killed in retaliation for the tragic death. "The crocodiles (which were not believed to have killed mum), are not responsible for being crocodiles, and doing what crocodiles do," he said.
ABC reported that the crocodile was killed by wildlife officers on Tuesday. After the animal was euthanized, human remains and some of Cameron’s belongings were found inside of it.
Acting Inspector Ed Lukin called the investigation "very protracted and difficult.”
"The environment is difficult, the conditions in which EHP staff were working, the river system there, the heat of the day for the SES, they've done an incredible job," he told ABC in Australia. "It's very emotional for all of those members that are working on these investigations and it's always difficult when we have a missing person."
Wildlife officers began tracking the crocodile Sunday.
"It had subtle behaviour differences which highlighted to us that it was the target animal," Chris Artiemiew from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said. He added that the 14-foot long crocodile was behaving 'boldly.'”
[Photo: Queensland Police Service]