An alligator in Florida was reportedly found with a body in its mouth, but police aren’t sure how the person actually died.
Lakeland Police received a 911 call on Tuesday afternoon, officers arrived at Lake Hunter to see the gator with the body in its mouth, according to WFLA. The gator let go, and police were able to retrieve the body, according to WFTV.
“I noticed something bobbing in the water… At first, I thought it was a tire or something just from the looks of it,” a witness told local news WFLA Channel 8. “I noticed there was a gator on it because he kind of took it up and rolled it. ”
When police arrived on the scene the gator was still holding the deceased body in its jaws. On approaching it, the alligator let go of the body and swam away. According to a statement by the Lakeland Police Department, the investigators have still not established the identity of the body, and so far have only figured out that the body appeared to be an adult male, and had been in the water for at least a day or longer, WFTS reported.