Palawan, Philippines- A mutilated body was recovered in Canipaan River in the town of Rizal in Palawan, Friday night.
Authorities said the remains belong to Jomar Mangali, 35 years-old, who was apparently was attacked by a crocodile in the area.
Mangali was reported missing by his family on Thursday. Jovic Fabello, spokesperson for Palawan Council for Sustainable Development said there’s an active crocodile nesting ground in the area and it’s off limits to the residents.
“Posibleng nakita ng buwaya na ‘yung tao ay naliligo sa ilog or may ginagawa doon sa ilog and ang tingin naman niya hindi niya naman ma-distinguish kung tao ‘yun o hayop. So, ang natural tendency lalo na kung gutom siya is aatake siya,” Fabello said.
Canipaan river is also considered to be a crocodile sanctuary and authorities are still investigating how Mangali reached the place.
Last year, a 15-foot crocodile was caught in Balabac, Palawan after killing a fisherman in the area.