This is astonishing moment a crocodile clutches a missing man in its jaws after a witch doctor claimed he summoned it to return the body. The missing man, identified as Syarifuddin 41 years old was bathing in a river with friends when the beast pounced and dragged him beneath the water in Berau, Indonesia, on Tuesday at 6:20 Pm. Desperate relatives reportedly searched in vain for him and it was assumed that he had been taken into depths of Lempake River when police failed to find him. Villagers contacted a local black magic wizard who specialises in ‘crocodile witch craft’ and it is claimed they cast a spell for Syarifuddin to be brought back alive. Incredibly, his body is told to have emerged yesterday morning.
The predator is purportedly seen floating to banks with naked body of Syarifuddin in its jaws as the gathered crowd looks on, in video footage from scene. It then dropped off corpse sparking suggestions the saltwater crocodile, which can grow up to 5,2 m as an adult, had actually been guarding the victim’s body from other predators seeing as it had not been eaten. Friend Andi Resmin who was with Syarifuddin when he was captured by crocodile said ‘He was just in the water and the crocodile humped at him and took him.’ Local resident, Eet, told there was a local myth that anyone bathing with clothes on in the river would be fine, but bathing naked would result in a crocodile attack. He told ‘If the person bathes naked, they will be definitely be eaten by crocodiles, for sure. If they wear clothes they will not be ambushed.’ Syarifuddin was found dead and had injuries to his ribs on right side of his body. Police chief Inspector Talisayan Faisal Hamid, who is now investigating the incident, told ‘The victim’s friends report to the officer he was attacked by a crocodile. That night we did a search.’ The officer told nothing was returned that evening and so residents contacted a crocodile charmer and body appeared the next morning on Wednesday. Hamid told it was ‘very weird’ that 3 crocodiles emerged from the river, suggesting the body of the man was being protected so that ‘the victim could be delivered’. He told ‘People also bathe in the water, so again, it is unlucky that he was killed by the crocodile.’ Police Inspector Hamid said ‘important thing was that the body had been found’ and that locals were now ‘hunting the crocodile that attacked’ the man.