Human remains have been found in a crocodile after a 69-year-old fisherman went missing in central Queensland.
A specialist examined the 4.2-metre crocodile in Cairns overnight, locating human remains inside.
The animal was caught and euthanised by Department of Environment and Science officers on Saturday near Hinchinbrook Island. It was found near the missing fisherman’s upturned boat.
The man went fishing in Gayundah Creek near Hinchinbrook Island about 3pm on Thursday.
He was due back after an hour but failed to return and his wife called police.
Officers found his upturned boat about 2.30am on Friday with damage suggesting a crocodile attack.
Police conducted a search using boats and aircraft, drones and traps. They were helped by the State Emergency Service. They found some human remains before locating the crocodile.
Police said the man was experienced on the water but had no safety equipment with him other than his radio.
Investigations are ongoing. Officers will prepare a report for the coroner.