Wildlife ranger killed by crocodile in northern Australia

The last fatal crocodile attack in Australia was October last year when a 79-year-old dementia patient was killed after wandering from a nursing home at Port Douglas in Queensland state.

Police found her body about 5pm less than a mile from the scene.

Earlier this morning a woman was reported missing from a remote community in East Arnhem Land with unconfirmed reports she may have been attacked by a crocodile.

Her body was recovered hours later less than 1 kilometre from where she was taken by the crocodile, Northern Territory Police Commander Tony Fuller said.

"NT WorkSafe has been notified that a female Aboriginal Ranger has been taken by a crocodile approximately 206km south west of Yirrkala", a statement from the government organisation read".

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The crocodile was destroyed by local Indigenous rangers and the woman's body was recovered.

The incident occurred at about 10am Friday and is being investigated by NT WorkSafe.

A NT Police spokeswoman told news.com.au no further information was yet available.

A FEMALE Aboriginal Ranger has been taken by a crocodile in East Arnhem Land today, NT Worksafe has been notified.

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