Missing hunter eaten by crocodiles, discovered remains suggest
South African Scott van Zyl, 44, disappeared on April 7 while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe with his dogs and a tracker.
When the dogs later returned to camp without Zyl, and his backpack discovered near the banks of the Limpopo River, a huge search and rescue operation was launched to scour the enormous hunting area.
A GoFundMe page raised over $40,000 to help meet the costs of the effort, which involved $850 per hour helicopters to search the grounds. The rescue mission was called off Friday, however, when possible human remains were found in the stomachs of two crocodiles.
Two Nile crocodiles spotted near the area where Zyl went missing were shot by Zimbabwean police, who suspected they had something to do with the father-of-two’s disappearance.
A formal investigation has been launched by police and DNA results to confirm the identity of the remains are expected within two weeks.
“We found what could possibly be human remains in them. Until we have the results, we can confirm nothing,”said Sakkie Louwrens of the Heritage Protection Group (HPG), who was involved in the operation.