Grim find in search for missing man
Human remains of a missing fisherman have been found in the stomach of a crocodile shot dead by rangers during their search and rescue operations.
Search and rescue operations for Far North Queensland man Kevin Darmody, who has been missing since the weekend, were called off after the sudden discovery on Wednesday morning.
Officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) discovered the human remains within one of two crocodiles they euthanised, one 2.8m in length and the other 4.1m.
Police believe the remains are those Mr Darmody, although this is yet to be confirmed by a formal identification process.
The 65-year-old went missing while fishing on the Kennedy River at Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park in Far North Queensland on Saturday afternoon.
He had been camping at the Kennedy Bend, a picturesque camping area, when DES officials said “there were splashing noises and he disappeared”.
Police, DES wildlife officers, SES and a Rescue 510 helicopter subsequently commenced a search that evening.
Officers now believe the two crocodiles were involved in the man’s disappearance, finding them upstream from where the fisherman was last seen.
According to a government website detailing the campground, “large crocodiles are frequently” seen in the area.
Search and rescue operations in the area have since halted following the discovery, while police will prepare a report for the coroner.