Croc Belly Yields Human Remains, Possibly That of Missing 22-Year-Old Aussie Man from Melville Island

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By Vittorio Hernandez | August 8, 2014 8:58 AM EST

A White Cayman is seen at the Manu National Park in Peru's southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios July 16, 2014. This 1.8 million hectares reserve is the largest National Park in Peru and is the home of about 1000 birds species and 200 mammals species among other animals, as reptiles and amphibians, and has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any park in the world, with more than 200 varieties of trees found in one hectare. Picture taken July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS)
A White Cayman is seen at the Manu National Park in Peru's southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios July 16, 2014. This 1.8 million hectares reserve is the largest National Park in Peru and is the home of about 1000 birds species and 200 mammals species among other animals, as reptiles and amphibians, and has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any park in the world, with more than 200 varieties of trees found in one hectare. Picture taken July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS)

Local community members of the Tiwi Islands, located 126 kilometres northwest of Darwin in Australia, killed a 2-metre long crocodile on Wednesday afternoon based on the belief that the reptile was the one that ate a missing 22-year-old man from Melville Island.

When the community members opened up the belly of the croc, they discovered human remains believed to be that of Travis Costa, who left on Friday night on foot and has been missing since then.

The Costa family refrained from speaking to media until there is police confirmation that it was Travis, who walked in the direction of the beach, inside the croc's belly.

"This is a very distressing time for the family and community. Police would like to acknowledge the efforts and contribution of the community in the search to date," News.com.au quoted Senior Sergeant Antony Deutrom.

Superintendent Scott Pollock said that Costa is of Aboriginal appearance, about 180 cm tall and of solid body built. Costa comes from the Pirlangimpi community. Pollock added that the police, Northern Territory Emergency Service Volunteers, Night Patrol Officers and community members continue to do extensive land and air search for the missing man.

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There had been several reports of crocodile attacks in the rivers of the Northern Territory.

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(Photo: Reuters / Enrique Castro-Mendivil)
A White Cayman is seen at the Manu National Park in Peru's southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios July 16, 2014. This 1.8 million hectares reserve is the largest National Park in Peru and is the home of about 1000 birds species and 200 mammals species among other animals, as reptiles and amphibians, and has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any park in the world, with more than 200 varieties of trees found in one hectare. Picture taken July 16, 2014.
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