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Boy snatched by a crocodile has died, police say

Published 28/01/2014 | 07:06

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FLORIDA CITY, FL - JUNE 28:  A crocodile is seen in a canal near the Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant where they protect the crocodile and conduct research by counting their nests annually to record population changes June 28, 2012 near Florida City, Florida. Wasilewski, a biologist, studies the reptile and helps in developing and constructing the American crocodile nesting habitat near the power plant. The American crocodile had been on the endangered species list but has been taken off that list and put on the threatened list. With the success of the program to help save the crocodile their populations around developed areas will continue to grow which means that there may be more encounters between humans and the reptile.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Rangers searching for a 12-year-old boy snatched by a crocodile in northern Australia have recovered evidence strongly suggesting he died in the attack.

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Crews have been searching by land, sea and air for the boy since he was taken by the crocodile as he swam in a water hole in a popular Outback tourist destination on Sunday. One of the boy's friends was mauled in the attack.

Acting commander Michael White of Northern Territory Police said evidence found today "strongly indicates" the boy died from the attack.

Mr White would not say what the evidence was, but said DNA testing would take place to confirm the identification.

The boy was snatched as he swam in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, south east of the Northern Territory capital of Darwin.

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