An alligator suspected of killing a 71-year-old Louisiana man has been captured in floodwaters from last week’s Hurricane Ida, with investigators already unearthing human remains inside the creature’s abdomen.
Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in Covington, Louisiana, had been searching floodwaters for three weeks before finding the alligator this weekend.
According to the sheriff’s office, a special operations division returned to the location on Monday and captured the animal, which received help from state and federal bodies, as well as licensed hunters Philip Mc Clarke and Eric Dumas, who used nets to capture the crocodile. Laid it
The animal, which reportedly weighed 504 pounds and was 12 feet in length, was located on August 30, a day after Timothy Satterly Sr.
On Facebook, the sheriff’s office said investigators found “what appears to be human remains inside its abdomen” after searching the crocodile.
They were sent to the coroner’s office in St Tammany Parish to be examined – and to verify whether the remains belonged to Mr Satterley Sr.
“This is a terrible tragedy and my condolences and sympathies are with the Suterley family,” Sheriff Randy Smith said in a statement.
“I know today’s findings don’t bring their loved one back, but hopefully it can set them off in some way.”
He said he was “very proud of the hard work, non-stop work, helping my deputy and other agencies, and I hope that his persistence in finding this crocodile will help the family deal with their loss”.
as reported by Fox8Mr Satterly was walking along flood waters with his wife when they were attacked by a crocodile last week.
She reportedly returned from her husband seeking medical help for his disappearance.
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