Fears missing tourist has been eaten by a crocodile in outback Australia after his ute was found bogged in a rainforest
Police fear a missing Victorian man may have been taken by a crocodile after bogging his ute in North Queensland’s Daintree rainforest.
Milan Lemic, 25, was last seen with his bogged ute at Bairds Crossing near the Upper Daintree Village at about 4.30pm on Sunday, police say.
A passerby found the car and told Mr Lemic he was going to bring back equipment to help tow his ute, but when he returned less than 30 minutes later, the 25-year-old was gone.
Mr Lemic was reported missing by his family on Saturday.
Milan Lemic, 25, was last seen with his bogged ute at Bairds Crossing near the Upper Daintree Village at about 4.30pm on Sunday, police say
Smithfield Police Senior Sergeant Ed Lukin said police hold grave concerns for Mr Lemic’s safety.
‘There’s no indication he’s injured or a danger to the public at this stage, though there are concerns his behaviour is out of character,’ he said.
‘He has gone missing before, but never out of the state of Victoria- he has no ties to the area and we don’t believe he’s holidaying here.
‘Obviously we can’t discount the fact that some animal interaction may have led to his disappearance, and I’ve liaised with EHP and they’re going to have staff on the river tonight to assess the likelihood of that outcome.’
A large-scale police search has been launched, involving a helicopter and on-ground officers.
Police fear the 25-year-old may have been taken by a crocodile after bogging his ute (stock image)