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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Human remains found in crocodile

Queensland Police have today confirmed that human remains have been located inside a crocodile which was removed by officers from the Department of Environment and Science yesterday near Hinchinbrook Island.

Police say the 4.2 metre crocodile, which is believed to be the one involved in the death of missing 69-year-old fisherman, Andrew Heard (pictured), was examined by a specialist in Cairns overnight with human remains being located inside.

“Police investigations continue with officers preparing a report for the Coroner,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

It’s a sad end to the search that began last Thursday for Mr Heard, who went fishing in Gayundah Creek near Hinchinbrook Island at 3pm but failed to return.

His wife, Erica, raised the alarm, with searchers finding Mr Heard’s 2 metre dingy found upturned and with a large chunk missing on Friday.

Hinchinbrook MP, Nick Dametto offered his condolences to Mr Heard’s family on Facebook yesterday.

“I would like to offer our deepest condolences to Erica Lang and Andrew Heard (Andy)’s family and friends during this devastating time,” he wrote.

“We were all praying for a miracle as Queensland Water Queensland Police Service, divers, QPWS, local boats/fishermen and other joined in the search.

“It saddens me to learn this morning that remains were found last night.

“Andy will be dearly missed and will be remembered as a top bloke, God bless.”

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