Body parts found in a crocodile may belong to the 8-year-old boy

An 8-year-old boy was decapitated by a massive crocodile in front of his family while he was playing in a river near his home in Costa Rica – and now police think they’ve found his remains INSIDE the dead reptile

  • Julio Otero, an eight-year-old migrant from Nicaragua, was attacked and killed by a crocodile October 30 in Limón, Costa Rica
  • The boy was with his family and playing with his brother near the river shore in the town of Matina when the reptile jumped out of the river and attacked him
  • His mother attempted to rescue him and was nearly bitten before the crocodile disappeared, dragging her son’s body into the river 
  • On Saturday, villagers trapped and killed a crocodile before they cut it open and found human remains
  • The boy’s mother said the remains are his although authorities are analyzing the bones and hair strains to determine if there is a positive match

The remains of an eight-year-old migrant boy from Nicaragua who was decapitated by a crocodile as his family watched on helplessly a month ago in Costa Rica may have been found inside a reptile that was killed over the weekend.  

Julio Otero was playing with his brother near in a river on the Caribbean coast province of Limón when he was attacked October 30.

Otero and his family were all standing together when the crocodile came out from the river, bit the third grader and dragged him into the water as his mother, Margine Fernández, desperately tried to rescue him.

‘I tried to take the child away, but the crocodile attacked me and almost grabbed my leg,’ Fernández told local media outlets at the time.

She spotted the crocodile dragging her son through the river about 90 minutes after the attack before it disappeared.

Julio Otero was attacked and killed by a crocodile while he was playing on the shore of a river in Costa Rica on October 30. On Saturday, villagers in the Caribbean coast province of Limón trapped a reptile and killed it before discovering human remains in its stomach. The boy’s mother told a local media outlet from her native country of Nicaragua that the remains matched her son’s although authorities are still investigating  

A villager inspects a crocodile that was captured and killed Saturday in the Costa Rica town of Matina before they found human remains, including bones and hair strains inside the reptile’s stomach. The remains match those of a boy from Nicaragua who was attacked and killed by the crocodile October 30, according to the child’s mother 

The Costa Rica Red Cross launched a search mission the day of the attack but called it off two days later after no trace of Otero was found.

Fernández and her family called on Costa Rica’s National System of Conservation Areas to hunt for the crocodile and kill it in order to recover her son’s body.

However, the agency cautioned residents against tracking down the crocodile and killing it as it was against the law because the animal was considered an endangered species.

However, on Saturday afternoon, residents in the Limón community of Matina trapped a crocodile and killed it. They were able to cut it open and discovered a human remains inside.

Red Cross agents in Costa Rica spent three days searching for the body of Julio Otero before the search was called off

The crocodile that reportedly attacked and killed an eight-year-old Nicaraguan boy in Costa Rica on October 30 was spotted several days later before villagers in the Caribbean coast town of Matina trapped and killed it 

The Judicial Investigation Agency recovered bones and hair strains from the crocodile’s stomach and sent them to a laboratory to examine them and determine if they matched Otero.   

The distraught mother, who was not present when human remains were found inside the crocodile, told Nicaraguan online news portal 100 Por Ciento Noticias that she is certain that the body parts that were discovered belong to her son.

‘They killed the crocodile, I don’t know who it was, but they did kill it and they did find part of my child’s body, they found little hairs and bones,’ she said. ‘That animal has already died. It is a great relief to me that it was killed. I wish they would all be killed so that no family ever goes through pain like this again.’

Fernández and her husband migrated with their five children to Costa Rica and settled in Limón three years ago, but are now planning to return to their Nicaraguan hometown of Rancho Grande, Matagalpa, in December and bury Otero’s remains. 

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