A 12-foot, 500-pound alligator captured and killed by Louisiana officers this week after being suspected of fatally attacking a 71-year-old man within the aftermath of Hurricane Ida was discovered to have human stays inside its abdomen.
Timothy Satterlee has been lacking since he was attacked by an alligator on Aug. 30 in floodwaters exterior of his dwelling within the New Orleans suburb of Slidell.
After witnessing the assault, his spouse was capable of pull him onto the steps of their dwelling nonetheless alive however when she returned from getting assist in a small boat he had disappeared.
Authorities have been trying to find Satterlee for 2 weeks and the alligator was caught and killed by deputies and wildlife officers on Monday close to the realm the place Satterlee went lacking.
The coroner has but to find out if the stays belong to Satterlee, FOX 8 in New Orleans reported.
“It is a horrible tragedy and my honest condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee household,” St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith mentioned on Monday, based on FOX 8. “I do know at the moment’s findings doesn’t carry their liked one again, however hopefully this could carry them some form of closure. I’m very happy with the onerous, continuous work, of my deputies and the opposite companies who assisted, and I hope their persistence to find this alligator will assist the household with dealing with their loss. We’ll proceed to maintain them in our prayers.”
Ida had induced widespread flooding and knocked out electrical energy and telephone service in components of south Louisiana when it got here ashore on Aug. 29.
The Related Press contributed to this report.