On Tuesday, Florida police responded to a 911 call reporting an alligator with a body in its mouth. The alligator was spotted along Lake Hunter, inside the city of Lakeland, FL.
When the police arrived, the alligator was still carrying the body. Eventually the gator released the body, circled the area, and then swam away.
Police notified a local trapper, who caught and killed the gator. The gator was examined, and human remains were found in its stomach.
Based on decomposition, police determined the man’s body had been in the water for more than one day. The Polk County medical examiner has yet to identify the body.
Lakeland police noted there were no reports of missing people in the area in the days prior to the discovery. In addition, the residents of the Florida Presbyterian Homes, a community along the lake, were all accounted for.
According to Lakeland police, earlier this week, there had been reports of clothing found in the water and of aggressive alligators spotted. The officers who responded to those calls did not find anything. It is unclear whether those reports and sightings are related to the body discovered.
Cause of death has yet to be determined, and as of this report, it is unclear whether the alligator attacked the person, or found the body in the water.