Police in South Florida were called to a gruesome scene on Monday night: a pair of alligators eating a human body. The grisly find was made by two fishermen, When officers arrived they first had to scare off the alligators, Captain Dale Engle, of Davie Police, told the Sun Sentinel.
The animals backed away but lingered nearby, complicating recovery efforts, he added.
"We want to identify who the victim is and possibly figure out what happened to them and how did they end up here," said Sgt. Pablo Castaneda, of the Davie Police. "Could it be homicide? Could it be suicide? Could it have involved a fisherman? We don't know."
An alligator trapper was called and the body was eventually recovered at about 10pm. Police added that the male body appeared to have been in the water for a long time.
Police officers with assault rifles and gator trappers stood watch as divers checked the water in case a gator got too close. However, police told CBS Miami no gators were harmed.
The Broward County Medical Examiner and Davie police will work to solve the mystery of who this person was and how they got there.
"What happened to them? How did they end up here? Could it be a homicide, could it be a suicide, could it be natural, a fisherman? We don't know. That's what the next step is to figure that out," Castaneda said.
Police said it appears the body had been in the water for at least a few days.topics from