Human remains have been recovered from the stomach of a crocodile in a gruesome end to the search for a missing boy.
14-year-old Ricky Ganya was last seen alive in Kuching, Malaysia early on July 26.
He had been gathering snails with his relatives on the muddy riverbank when a crocodile leapt from the water. It then clamped its jaws around the boy’s ankle and dragged him underwater.
The boy’s aunt called for help and the emergency services arrived, but it was almost four days before the 15 foot-long beast was eventually captured.
According to Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department assistant director Tiong Ling Hii, the crocodile was caught at 9.15 am on Friday.
The monster was pulled from the water at Ulu Batang Belawai after taking a chicken that had been laid out as bait
As well as 20 villagers, 11 Sarawak Forestry Corporation staff, seven firemen, two policemen and three Civil Defence Department staff were involved in in the effort to snare the creature.
Members of the teenager’s family looked on in horror as the reptile’s stomach was cut open, revealing items of clothing belonging to Ricky as well as a number of human bones and body parts.
An officer from the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Operations Centre said: “The crocodile took the bait, a chicken, attached to a hook laid by a team at a spot about three miles away from where the boy was last seen.
”The crocodile was pulled onto the shore where its stomach was checked.
“Sadly, there were human remains inside and these were identified as belonging to the missing teenager.”
The boy’s remains were taken home by the family for him to be given a funeral in their village.
A few days before Ricky’s death, another villager – 47-year-old Kong Gindi – was also attacked by a crocodile while he was doing some routine maintenance on his boat.