Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Officials find body of woman attacked by gator in Florida

Officials find body of woman attacked by gator in Florida

A witness reportedly saw a gator attack a woman at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Park rangers eventually captured the enormous alligator at Silver Lakes Rotary Park in Davie, Florida, on Friday afternoon after spending hours searching for it in the large pond, the Daily Mail reported.

There are an estimated 1.3 million alligators in Florida - they live in each of the state's 67 counties and can be found in almost all its fresh and brackish water bodies - but attacks are rare.

CBS Miami reports inside the reptile, they found evidence of Shizuka Matsuki - the Plantation woman who vanished earlier while walking her dogs.


Dale Engle told the Sun Sentinel that the womans dogs wouldnt leave the pond.

According to the woman's friends, her husband had urged her not to walk her dogs near the lake because he had seen gators before.

"He had warned her not to take the dogs over to that place because they had seen gators before and it isn't safe", he said.

Locals say the reptiles are known to frequent the water and that they know not to let their dogs off the leash there because of it.


Matsuki, who was 47, made a habit of walking her dogs - neighbors said she owned three pit bulls but sometimes only walked two at a time - every day around the same time. Borrelli said he was also asked to break the news to the couple's son, who is in his 20s and lives in NY. Some residents said they had lost pets that wandered too close to the lake.

"They should have, at least, signs up, "look out for gators and snakes, ' because they have 'no swimming" signs, but no enforcement", Davie resident Edwin Gomez said.

The Sun Sentinel of South Florida reported Sunday it was unknown if Shizuka Matsuki ever got the warning. Behm said she saw the alligator two days before Matsuki was attacked. She and her son were fishing at the lake when an alligator swam up to the bank. A gator hadn't been seen there for a month, he said, but from the Facebook post above, it seems that some people may have seen the alligator more recently than that.

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).


A 2-year-old Nebraska boy died at a Walt Disney's World hotel when an alligator snatched him, dragging him into a lagoon.

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