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Human remains found after Australian croc attack: Reports

Published on Jan 28, 2014 11:48 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Police reportedly found human remains Tuesday in the search for a 12-year-old boy snatched by a crocodile in northern Australia, and scaled back operations to a body recovery mission.

Police would not go into details but acting commander Michael White said they had found "evidence within the search area which strongly indicates the boy has died from the crocodile attack." "Further DNA testing will be conducted to confirm the identification," Mr White said.

"No specifics will be given in relation to the trauma or type of evidence located out of respect for the family." "This is now an investigation for the Northern Territory coroner and a brief will be prepared." Local media reports said the "evidence" cited by Mr White was human remains.

Police on the scene said the operation had now entered a "search and recovery" stage following confirmation of the boy's death.

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