Human Remains Found Inside 14ft Crocodile


Human remains – believed to be missing woman Cindy Waldron – have been found inside a 4.3m (14ft) crocodile captured in Queensland, Australia.

Ms Waldron, 46, was with her friend in shallow water at Thornton Beach late on Sunday night when she was pulled under after only a minute in the water.

Leeanne Mitchell tried in vain to pull Ms Waldron from the reptile’s jaws as it dragged her under.

Police said the crocodile was caught and humanely put down in nearby Cooper Creek on Friday afternoon.

The remains were discovered after the dead animal was taken to Cairns for examination.

“At this stage, police believe the remains are those of a woman who was reported missing on 29 May,” said a police statement.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) officers had set traps in the area to try to track down the crocodile.

Helicopters with thermal imaging gear also flew over the scene in Daintree National Park in the hours after the attack, but failed to find any trace of the victim.

Ms Mitchell told emergency services they had “felt a nudge” before Ms Waldron was dragged under screaming.

Police said they had been in the water “for no more than a minute”.

There are large crocodile warning signs near where the attack happened but police have said the pair may not have seen them.

Speaking after the attack, local MP Warren Enstch said the women had to accept some of the blame.

“You can’t legislate against human stupidity,” he said.

“If you go in swimming at 10 o’clock at night, you’re going to get consumed.”

Ms Waldron’s family flew in from New Zealand to visit the site of the attack on Wednesday, with her sister Anna-Lee Annett saying it was “what nightmares are made of”.

“Anyone can make silly mistakes,” she said.

“And I think, you know, it was a perfect night, they were really happy, they were best friends and they hadn’t seen each other for a while and they did something silly.”

Ms Annett added: “She was the most kind, generous, caring person, and I know people say that when people pass, but she was.”

The attack took place near where a five-year-old boy was taken in 2009.

In 1985 a giant crocodile known as Big Jim took local postal worker Beryl Wruck while she was having a late-night swim about an hour’s drive from Thornton Beach.

Crocodile numbers have surged in northern Australia since the animals became a protected species in 1971.