Elaine Margaret MAXWELL

Croc fears for missing camper

POLICE fear a lone female camper has been taken by a crocodile in Kakadu.

Officers and Kakadu park rangers are searching for Elaine Margaret Maxwell, aged 61, who has not been seen for six days.

"She could have been taken by a croc. It is known that there is a resident crocodile around the boat ramp," said Senior Sergeant Roger Illet of Jabiru police.

The crocodile is about 3.5 to 3.8m long.

Ms Maxwell was last seen camping next to her vehicle at South Alligator boat ramp car park on Friday February 24.

Senior Sergeant Roger Illet of Jabiru police said the South Alligator River has been experiencing high tides of over seven metres recently and they have concerns for her safety.

Police and rangers have searched on foot by helicopter and on quad bikes.

 

"We believe she may be suffering from a medical condition and urge anyone that may have seen her, or who may know of her whereabouts, to contact Police on 131 444." Senior Sergeant Ilett said.

Ms Maxwell is described as Caucasian with a fair complexion, short hair, slim build and approximately 165cms tall.

The vehicle she was last seen near is described to be a Nissan four wheel drive short wheel base with Western Australia registration HC 2018.

Police fear for welfare of woman camping in Kakadu croc country

POLICE hold grave fears for the safety of a lone WA woman who has disappeared while camping on the South Alligator River in the Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park.

There are fears the woman could have been taken by a crocodile in Kakadu, the Northern Territory News reports.

Officers and Kakadu park rangers are searching for Elaine Margaret Maxwell, aged 61, who has not been seen for six days.

"She could have been taken by a croc. It is known that there is a resident crocodile around the boat ramp," said Senior Sergeant Roger Illet of Jabiru police.

The crocodile is about 3.5 to 3.8m long.

Ms Maxwell was last seen camping next to her vehicle at South Alligator boat ramp car park on Friday February 24.

Senior Sergeant Illet also said the South Alligator River has been experiencing high tides of over seven metres recently and they have concerns for her safety.

An ABC report this morning said it was "unlikely'' the woman had been taken by a crocodile, but police still held grave fears for her welfare.

Police and rangers have searched on foot by helicopter and on quad bikes.

"We believe she may be suffering from a medical condition and urge anyone that may have seen her, or who may know of her whereabouts, to contact Police on 131 444." Senior Sergeant Ilett said.

Ms Maxwell is described as Caucasian with a fair complexion, short hair, slim build and approximately 165cm tall.

The vehicle she was last seen near is described to be a Nissan four wheel drive short wheel base with Western Australia registration HC 2018.

Croc fears over missing NT woman

AUTHORITIES fear for a 61-year-old woman who has disappeared from an area notorious for crocodiles in Kakadu National Park.

Elaine Margaret Maxwell was last seen on February 24 at a campsite on the edge of the South Alligator River, where large crocodiles are common.

A police officer who did not wish to be named told AAP rangers were trying to catch local crocodiles to sedate them and check their stomach contents for signs of the missing woman.

He said the area where the woman went missing was well known for crocodiles.

"I certainly wouldn't go swimming in the water, or camping on the banks."

He said one crocodile at the boat ramp, where the woman's car was found, was 3.84 metres.

A search involving helicopters and quad bikes was under way.

Police said Ms Maxwell may be suffering from a medical condition and urged anyone who may have seen her to alert them.

The South Alligator River has had high water recently, making it more dangerous for the missing woman, police said.


 

Woman missing in Kakadu National Park

PHOEBE WEARNE, The West Australian March 2, 2012, 8:58 am
 

Serious concerns are held for a 61-year-old woman believed to be missing in Kakadu National Park.

Elaine Margaret Maxwell has not been seen for a week.

Police initially thought the woman was from WA but have now said she is from the Northern Territory.

Sen Sgt Roger Ilett, of Jabiru police, said Ms Maxwell was last seen last Friday camping next to her vehicle near the  South Alligator River boat ramp in the Northern Territory park.

Mr Ilett said police believed she was suffering from a medical condition and urged anyone that had seen her or knew her whereabouts to contact police on 131 444.

He said police and Kakadu park rangers had searched on foot and used helicopters and quad bikes to try to locate Ms Maxwell.

"The South Alligator River has been experiencing high tides of over seven metres recently, and we have concerns for the woman's safety," he said.

Ms Maxwell is about 165cm tall and Caucasian with a fair complexion and slim build.

She was last seen near her Nissan 4WD with the WA registration HC 2018.

A Northern Territory police spokeswoman said police did not believe Ms Maxwell had been taken by a crocodile.

Search abandoned for missing grey nomad

ELLIE TURNER   |  March 4th, 2012 NT News

 
THE search for missing grey nomad Elaine Maxwell has come to a halt after authorities scoured the South Alligator River last week.

It is feared Ms Maxwell, 61, was taken by a crocodile or drowned while camping at the river's boat ramp in Kakadu.

Police conducted futile chopper, quad bike and foot searches.

It was reported that rangers were trying to catch local salties and sedate them to check their stomach contents for signs of the missing woman.

A 3.8m crocodile lurks near the boat ramp, police say.

The fast-flowing river is also known to swell with seven metre high tides that could sweep away a swimmer.

The alarm was raised when Ms Maxwell's Nissan four-wheel-drive appeared to be abandoned.

She has not been seen since February 24.