Human remains were recovered from a Florida waterway as well as a nearly 14-foot alligator on Friday, officials said.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed an investigation is ongoing after the 13ft and 8.5-inch gator was spotted in a waterway in unincorporated Largo, Florida, in the Tampa Bay area, and the body of a woman was pulled from the water, USA Today reported.
The remains were identified as 41-year-old Sabrina Peckham. Her cause of death has not been determined.
Deputies were called to the location around 1:50 p.m. regarding a body seen in the water, The deputies and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission euthanized the alligator and removed it from the waterway.
One witness reported seeing the alligator with the body before going into the water.
Jamarcus Bullard told WFLA that he saw the reptile “holding on to the lower part of the torso” of the body and pulling it underwater.
“I never thought I’d see one out here,” Bullard said. “I thought it would be in the swamps and all that, but it was a big gator out here in our water.”
The record for the longest alligator in the state is a 14-foot, 3.5-inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County found in 2010, USA Today reported.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said it had no further information to provide when reached by USA TODAY on Saturday.
Pinellas deputies and FWC shot and killed a 13 foot gator that was seen in a canal with a human body in it’s mouth. Resident Yasmine Bullard caught the moment on video when that large gator was pulled out. Warning: graphic language. @BN9 pic.twitter.com/P5hbZp2LpD
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