Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Search teams find body of woman attacked by alligator in Florida

Search teams find body of woman attacked by alligator in Florida

Alligators live in all 67 of Florida's counties, and as development happens near wetlands and waterfronts, people can expect to encounter the reptiles, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission says on its website.

One moment, Shizuka Matsuki was out for a walk with her pit bulls, standing next to a pond at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, Fla., roughly 30 miles north of Miami.

According to Local 10 News, a witness told police he saw the woman walking her two pit bulls on the path around the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park, which sits between Stirling and Griffin roads just west of the Turnpike.

The woman who was identified as Shizuka Matsuki was reportedly walking her dogs by the side of the pond. Dale Engle told the Sun Sentinel on Friday when the search began.

"Her dogs won't leave the pond", Engle said.

The three dogs are now in custody of Broward Animal Care.

Divers could be seen entering the lake, in the 600 block of Southwest 52nd Street, Friday afternoon where FWC officials confirmed they had captured a large gator. 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).

Keep dogs and cats away from water that may contain alligators.

A witness had told police that he saw a woman walking with two dogs but later he noticed the dogs were alone and barking at the water.

Florida wildlife officials have logged 401 "unprovoked bite incidents" from 1948 to 2017, according to a fact sheet published in 2017.

Friends of Matsuki said that she was a wonderful woman who loved to cook. I'm out here all the time with my kids, my husband.

In 2016, a 2-year-old boy, Lane Graves, was snatched by a gator as he played at a Disney World resort.

The Matsuki family was notified late Friday night that her body had been found, Klepper said.

"The gator lurking in one of the lakes is well known to regulars".

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