Seven-year-old feared killed by crocodile

Last updated 19:15 17/11/2012

Relevant offers

National News

Ministers' travel and accommodation expenses creep up Children escape van fire on Port Hills Phoenix soft drinks recalled over fears of glass fragments Ex-officials say New Zealand Football should have known Fifa's eligibility rules Large rock could have caused fatal crash near Paeroa - police MSD officials 'unlikely' to have seen babies as 'lab rats' - ethics professor Finbarr Clabby's Wellington Harbour death referred to coroner New Zealand under-17 football team reeling after fresh ineligibility claims Sir John Todd, head of one of NZ's richest families, dies Kiwi author Anna Smaill on long list of 13 for Man Booker Prize

Police searching for a missing girl in Australia's Northern Territory have found what they believe to be human remains inside a crocodile.

The seven-year-old girl was swimming with other children and an adult at a local waterhole at the Gumarrirnbang outstation, 100 kilometres west of the remote community of Maningrida, when a crocodile attacked on Friday afternoon.

She was last seen being dragged under the water by the animal, which had also attacked the man who had been with her in the billabong

A three-metre crocodile was shot dead in the billabong just before noon on Saturday, Senior Sergeant Shaun Gill of NT Police said.

When it was examined, they found what is thought to be human  remains in its stomach contents.

''Further forensic testing will be conducted in Darwin to determine if the remains are human and, if found human, the identity of the person,'' Seargant Gill said.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner and an investigation will be launched.

Members of the community had been searching for the girl from  first light on Saturday, joined by the Territory Response Group, the Water Police Section and a ranger from the Crocodile Management Unit.

Sgt Gill said officers had worked under difficult conditions.

''This is a heartbreaking outcome for the family and the  community,'' he said.

Crocodiles are not thought to have been seen in the area previously and the community believed the billabong to be safe.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content