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Crocodile that snatched 12-year-old from creek destroyed; coroner to probe death

A crocodile that snatched a child swimming in a creek in the Northern Territory has been destroyed.

A proposed crocodile farm near Darwin aims to house up to 50,000 saltwater crocodiles. Photo: ABC

A proposed crocodile farm near Darwin aims to house up to 50,000 saltwater crocodiles. Photo: ABC

The 12-year-old boy went missing on the evening of July 2 near the community of Palumpa, about 360km southwest of Darwin.

He was last seen swimming at Mango Creek.

A 4.2 metre crocodile was shot by local rangers on Sunday and resurfaced on Tuesday.

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Police have confirmed it was the reptile that attacked the child and have notified his family.

“The events of last week have had a huge impact on the family and local police are continuing to provide support to everyone impacted,” Senior Sergeant Erica Gibson said.

“The family have requested privacy as they grieve.”

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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