Authorities believe a woman who disappeared Friday morning while walking beside a lake died after being bitten by an alligator, according to the Florida Fishing and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Police are still searching for the woman who was seen being pulled into the water at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, Florida, at 9.45am.
However, it remained unclear Friday what the witness saw. Gallinal said the wildlife commission would take over the investigation. "Search teams located the body of Ms. Matsuki June 8 at the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park lake in Davie".
They added that the fatal event will be investigated.
Police said one of the dogs had a large, fresh wound.
"He could not find the woman that was walking the dogs, so he called for police assistance and we're still looking for her", Gallinal said. I'm out here all the time with my kids and my husband.
While alligator attacks are uncommon, they are not unheard of.
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Trina Gonzalez, who lives in Davie, told the Sun Sentinel that the area is unsafe. One of the dogs appeared to have been injured.
The park, which is surrounded by homes and is popular for picnics and dog-walking, was closed following the incident.
An alligator reached viral stardom on Thursday when he tried to escape his handlers with his hands tied behind his back-and head-butted a trapper unconscious in the process.
Florida is teeming with more than 1 million gators, but only a dozen or so bites are recorded each year, according to statistics from the FWC.
Florida wildlife officers made a grim discovery on Friday in the belly of a captured monster alligator: the arm of a missing woman.
Between 1948 and a year ago, there were 401 people bitten by alligators, including 24 fatalities, the commission has said.
The dogs have been turned over to animal control.