Authorities identify woman bitten by alligator

Authorities identify woman bitten by alligator

The 47-year-old's arm was reportedly found inside a gator that was pulled from the water where she disappeared earlier that morning.

Police in Florida are looking for a woman who a witness said was dragged into a lake by an alligator.

Trappers who captured a gator that they believe dragged a woman into a lake while she was walking her dogs said Friday afternoon. The witness called police when he couldn't find the woman, Gallinal said.

The 12-foot, 6-inch alligator was later trapped, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman said in a press conference. Dressed in gym attire, the petite and friendly woman often let her pets swim in a canal on the southwestern end of the neighborhood, letting the dogs off their leash as they frolicked in the water with tongues hanging out.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has not confirmed this, saying only that the victim was identified from "evidence" collected from the post-mortem examination of the animal. By the time he got over to where she was, her dogs could be seen barking at the pond. A missing woman in Florida is suspected to be chomped off by an alligator in the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Florida.

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Law enforcement officers gather at the entrance of Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Davie, Fla. Neighbors say they often see people walking their dogs around the lakes and have even seen kids go swimming in them.

It said the Commission will be conducting a thorough investigation into the incident, but didn't provided additional details. Both dogs were taken to Broward County Animal and Care and Adoption. The statement said officials believe Matsuki was killed and were searching for her body. While they are common today, over-hunting nearly drove American alligators to extinction in the 1950's.

Police arrived and found one of the dogs with a large, fresh wound, but the woman was missing. The commission is aware of 401 people bitten between 1948 and 2017, including 27 killed, the report said.

Authorities closed the park Friday.

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