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DNA tests on remains in crocodile

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The caged crocodile which contains the human remains

Australian police are conducting DNA tests on human remains found inside a large crocodile in north Queensland.

They fear the tests may confirm the remains are those of 62-year-old Arthur Booker, who went missing from a river bank on 30 September.

Mr Booker's belongings were found near crocodile tracks on a river in an area of Queensland dubbed "Cape Crocodile".

Mr Booker lived in a town south of Brisbane, but is believed to have been born in Banffshire, Scotland.

Three crocodiles were initially caught in the search for Mr Booker.

Arthur Booker
The crocodile suspected to have eaten Mr Booker will not be put down

The remains of a human male were found inside one of them, a crocodile about 4.3m (14 feet) long.

Police said scans had shown a circular object inside the crocodile, but said they could not confirm media reports that the object was a wedding ring.

Mr Booker was last seen on 30 September going to check a crab pot on the Endeavour River.

His wife was waiting for him in their car and alerted authorities when he failed to return.

As it is an iconic animal the crocodile will not be harmed or killed. It will not be released back into the wild
Spokeswoman for Environmental Protection Agency

She later found his camera and one of his sandals next to crocodile tracks close to the water's edge.

One of the three crocodiles initially captured in the search for Mr Booker has now been released back into the wild, say reports, with a second smaller crocodile likely to follow.

The crocodile suspected to have eaten Mr Booker will not be put down, an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman told The Australian.

She said it would remain in EPA custody in Cairns "until it is transferred to a facility which is yet to be determined.

"As it is an iconic animal the crocodile will not be harmed or killed. It will not be released back into the wild."




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