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Police in Australia who are hunting a crocodile they believe killed a 12-year-old boy said Tuesday they have found human remains near the site where the boy was last seen.
Officers have been trying to find evidence of the boy's death after he went missing Saturday while swimming with friends in a creek in Australia's Northern Territory.
Another boy in the group, also 12, suffered severe bites to his arms fighting off the beast. Police believe the saltwater crocodile then dragged his friend under the water and killed him.
"Search teams have now located evidence within the search area which strongly indicates the boy has died from the crocodile attack," Acting Commander Michael White of the Northern Command said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Further DNA testing will be conducted to confirm the identification."
The statement said that no specifics would be given on the nature of the evidence. The Australian Associated Press cited White as saying that the evidence was human remains.
The boy was swimming in the Mudginberri Billabong, a creek in the Kakadu National Park, in Australia’s Northern Territory, when police believe he was taken at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
Saltwater crocodiles — or "salties" as they are known in Australia — are the largest living reptiles on Earth and can grow up to 23 feet and 2,200 pounds. They have gained a reputation as a man-eater and can live in fresh or brackish water, or saltwater.