An alligator suspected of killing a 71-year-old Louisiana man was captured in the floodwaters of Hurricane Ida last week, as investigators have already located human remains in the creature’s stomach.
Agents from the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in Covington, La., Had been looking for floodwaters for three weeks before finding the alligator this weekend.
A special operations division returned to the scene on Monday and captured the animal, according to the sheriff’s office, which received assistance from state and federal agencies, as well as licensed hunters Phillip Mc Clurke and Eric Dumas, who have set up traps to catch the alligator.
The animal, which is said to have weighed 504 pounds and was 12 feet long, was located near where Timothy Satterlee Sr went missing on August 30 – a day after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana with heavy rain and flash floods.
On Facebook, the sheriff’s office said investigators found “what appears to be human remains in his stomach” after searching the alligator.
They were sent to the St Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for examination – and to verify whether or not the remains belonged to Mr. Satterlee Sr.
“This is a horrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathy go out to the Satterlee family,” Sheriff Randy Smith said in a statement.
“I know today’s findings don’t bring their loved one back, but I hope it can give them some sort of closure.”
He added that he was “very proud of the hard and continuous work of my deputies and other agencies who have helped him, and I hope their persistence in finding this alligator will help the family cope with their loss.”
As Fox8 reported, Mr. Satterlee was walking along flood waters with his wife when he was attacked by an alligator last week.
She reportedly returned from a request for medical assistance only to find that her husband was missing.
The Independent Gt