Florida search teams find alligator victim’s remains

Woman is dragged into a Florida lake by an alligator while out walking her dogs

Woman is dragged into a Florida lake by an alligator while out walking her dogs

The caller reported seeing the alligator drag her into the pond in Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, Florida.

The commission said a necropsy indicated she was bitten by a 12-foot, 6-inch alligator.

Matsuki, who lived in Plantation, was walking her dogs on the path around the pond, just west of Florida's Turnpike, when she was grabbed by the gator in the morning. The missing woman's dogs are now in custody of Broward County Animal Care and Adoption. Neighbors say they often see people walking their dogs around the lakes and have even seen kids go swimming in them.

Residents in the area told ABC station WPLG that an alligator is known to roam the park's lake. However, what they found inside the gator isn't a good sign for Shizuka.

"Divers are searching", Davie Police Maj Dale Engle was quoted as saying by the Sun Sentinel newspaper.

The park where Matsuki disappeared Friday is near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a major Miami-area tourist and entertainment attraction.

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Shortly after she was seen with her pets they were spotted wandering by themselves, and one appeared to have a fresh wound, authorities said. The witness told police the woman was gone the next time she looked but the dogs were still there, WSVN reported.

Authorities closed the park Friday, but passers-by said they were not surprised to hear about an alligator lurking in the water. "So you're not shocked this happened, not at all, but heartbreaking", Ramasaran said. Another woman said that her poodle vanished near the lake on Christmas and she suspected the dog had been eaten.

A family friend who went to the park during the search for Matsuki said her husband was in Chicago and had been warned by him to stay away because of the gator. From 1948 to 2017, 401 unprovoked bite incidents have occurred in Florida with 24 of these proving fatal.

"I was afraid", she said.

This developing story will be updated as more details become available.

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