Crocodile likely took missing WA teenager
A vulnerable teenager who vanished in extremely remote bushland in Western
Australia's far north more than 40 years ago was likely taken by a crocodile, an
inquest has heard.
Charles Tudawali was visiting people at Munja Station, about 350km northeast of
Derby, in December 1976 when he went out with a group of older boys to catch
But Charlie wandered off on his own after a disagreement about how to find their
way back to camp, the WA Coroner's Court heard on Tuesday.
Indigenous trackers from the area helped with an extensive air and land search
for the 13-year-old over several days and believed it was likely Charlie had
been taken by a crocodile.
"At the time that Charlie disappeared, this particular area had several
waterways which were likely infested with crocodiles, and the area was known to
have wild dingoes and snakes," counsel assisting the coroner Lyle Housiaux said.
The court heard the boy had a mental disability, epilepsy and no bushcraft
skills, and his family believe he was dead.
Coroner Sarah Linton will hand down her findings at a later date.