DARWIN, Australia (AP) — Rangers searching for a 12-year-old boy snatched by a crocodile in northern Australia have recovered evidence strongly suggesting the boy died in the attack.

Officials have been searching by land, sea and air for the boy since he was taken by the crocodile as he swam in a water hole in a popular Outback tourist destination on Sunday. One of the boy’s friends was mauled in the attack.

Northern Territory Police Acting Commander Michael White said evidence found Tuesday “strongly indicates” the boy died from the attack. White wouldn’t say what the evidence was, but said DNA testing will be conducted to confirm the identification.

The boy was snatched as he swam in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, southeast of the Northern Territory capital of Darwin.

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