Officials find body of woman attacked by gator in Florida

Pauline Gross
June 10, 2018

Matsuki was walking her dogs on the path around one of the two lakes inside the property just west of Florida's Turnpike, when she was grabbed by a gator Friday morning.

"This tragedy is heartbreaking for everyone involved", Klepper said. Dale Engle told The Sun Sentinel.

CNN affiliate WSVN reported that police said a witness saw the woman walking her dogs near SW 52nd Avenue in the nature park. Making the situation even worse, one of the dogs had a fresh bite.

Her husband was away in Chicago on Friday, neighbor Peter Limia told the Herald, but had warned Matsuki to be careful - or to possibly avoid walks alone at the nature park altogether.

Borrelli said Matsuki's husband, who is out of town and trying to fly home, sent him to the park to get more information after being contacted by Davie Police.

According to witnesses, the woman's dogs won't leave the pond.

Klepper confirmed to USA TODAY that the dogs remained near the scene as the search began and that one was injured.

The woman was walking her dogs near the pond in the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park, Davie Police Maj.

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The caller reported seeing the alligator drag the woman into the lake at about 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorities trapped an alligator late Friday night. Between 1948 to 2017, there have been a documented 401 cases of alligators biting humans in Florida, and only 24 fatalities (there have also been fatal alligator attacks on humans in SC and Texas).

In Broward County in May 2006, a 28-year-old woman was killed by an alligator at the North New River Canal in Sunrise, the FWC said.

Trappers spotted the animal in the pond and captured it before it was euthanized, FWC officials said.

Edwin Gomez, a regular visitor to the the park, told CBS News: "I saw the gator yesterday, it responds in a natural way".

There have been 401 unprovoked alligator bites between 1948 and 2017, the commission said, and of those 24 resulted in fatalities.

"Alligators make national news when they show up in homeowners" swimming pools or at their front doors.

The most recent death in Florida happened in 2016, when a 2-year-old boy was snatched by an alligator while playing in a lagoon at a Disney resort.

Other reports by GizPress

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