Missing elderly woman feared taken by croc

13 October, 2017, 07:38 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Missing Craiglie woman Anne Cameron 79

The items were found nearby a crocodile-infested creek about two kilometres from the aged care home in Port Douglas, where Ms Cameron went missing on Tuesday afternoon.

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

Far North police Acting Insp Ed Lukin said clothing and a walking stick with her name on it, along with the remains were discovered during a search of the small creek this morning.

Anne Cameron, 79, was reported missing from an aged care facility near Port Douglas, north of Cairns, on Tuesday.

"Because of the proximity of these items and this unknown material located by this creek bank we can not rule out a croc attack", Acting Insp Lukin said. 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.

"Those items are now being tested in Cairns and we expect to see results tonight or tomorrow".

He said reports the woman's clothes had been folded were "inaccurate". Locals say a 3.5 to 4m crocodile had been spotted in the area recently.

OzCare facility manager Daniel Robinson told Daily Mail Australia: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne's family and we hope for her safe return'.

Members of the public in the area are being asked to check their property for any signs of her. "Police hold grave concerns for her well being due to her medical condition, her age, the length of time that she's been missing and the increasing temperatures", authorities said in a statement on Thursday.

NSW woman Cindy Waldron, 46, was dragged underwater during a late-night swim with a friend, who tried in vain to save her, at Thornton Beach in Queensland's Daintree National Park.

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