Canberra woman feared dead after suspected crocodile attack in Port Douglas

Ross Houston
October 13, 2017

Clothes and a walking stick with Ms Cameron's name on it were discovered on Thursday at the end of Four Mile Beach.

"Because of the proximity of these items and this unknown material located near this creek bank, we can not rule out the possibility of a croc attack", Acting Inspector Ed Lukin told reporters at a news conference.

A former neighbour of Mrs Cameron said she had moved to Port Douglas from Canberra, where she had lived most of her life, within the previous year in order to be closer to her family.

"There will be forensic tests done on those remains, but I will stress that there are no other missing persons in the Port Douglas area".


Acting Inspector Lukin said this was not the first time Ms Cameron had become disorientated while out walking and SES volunteers would continue searching the area to keep "every available option" open.

Police said Ms Cameron suffers from dementia.

The woman's son, Craig Eggins, wrote on Facebook his mother took regular short walks and would ask for help if she got lost, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Anne Cameron's clothes, walking stick and what appeared to be human remains were found near a creek bank on Thursday.


Crocodiles in the region are territorial and known to be extremely aggressive. He was treated for wounds to the chest and arm.

Lee de Paauw, 18, injured after he was dared to jump into an Innisfail river in the middle of the night.

Although a crocodile had been captured in the area recently, it was released after examination and EHP Director of Wildlife Operations Michael Joyce said two boats had been conducting surveys in the area and another two were due to join the search today.

A saltwater crocodile in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory.


The remains were found about one mile from the nursing home.

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