Human stays have been discovered inside a 12ft-long alligator which is believed to have attacked a person in Hurricane Ida floodwaters in Louisiana two weeks in the past.
The St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned the parish coroner’s workplace was working with investigators to find out if the stays had been these of Timothy Satterlee, 71, who has been lacking because the assault on 30 August.
Ida had brought on widespread flooding and knocked out electrical energy and cellphone providers in elements of south Louisiana when it made landfall on 29 August.
Mr Satterlee was attacked exterior his residence, which was surrounded by floodwaters, within the New Orleans suburb of Slidell on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
Authorities mentioned Mr Satterlee’s spouse heard a splash and walked exterior their residence to see the alligator attacking her husband. She managed to tug her severely injured husband to the steps of their property.
She used a small boat to succeed in increased floor to get assist. However, when she and deputies returned to the home, Mr Satterlee was gone.
Sheriff’s deputies had been joined by federal and state wildlife brokers within the seek for the reptile.
A entice set by alligator hunters captured the 500lb animal on Monday morning.
St Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith mentioned on Fb: “It is a horrible tragedy and my honest condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee household.
“I do know right now’s findings doesn’t convey their cherished one again, however hopefully this could convey them some type of closure.
“I’m very pleased with the arduous, continuous work, of my deputies and the opposite businesses who assisted, and I hope their persistence find this alligator will assist the household with dealing with their loss. We are going to proceed to maintain them in our prayers.”