Police searching for a 79-year-old woman missing in northern Australia said on Friday it was highly likely she was killed by a crocodile.
Anne Cameron, who suffers from dementia, was reported missing from a nursing home near Port Douglas in Queensland on Tuesday. Police later found clothes and a walking stick bearing her name next to a creek.
Police said on Friday remains found nearby had been confirmed as human and they were "highly likely" those of Cameron, although they were awaiting the results of forensic tests.
"We strongly suspect now that there has been involvement of a crocodile attack given the location of those items and the human remains located close to a watercourse," Acting Inspector Ed Lukin told reporters.
Cameron went missing in bushland around 2 kilometres from her nursing home, where she had moved recently to be closer to her relatives.
Wildlife officers said they had set crocodile traps in the area where the remains were found.
On Facebook, Cameron's granddaughter Isabella Eggins thanked those who helped in the search.
"It is my deep regret to inform you that following an extensive search and the discovery of certain items as a result of that search, we have the firm belief that my nan Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances," Eggins wrote.
"She will be missed and will always be loved by her family."
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