Woman killed by alligator days after residents were warned

Woman killed by alligator days after residents were warned

The body of 47-year-old Shizuka Matsuki was found in a lake in Davie, Florida, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said late Friday. The alert came two days after a 1.8-meter (5.9-foot) gator was spotted and trapped by someone's front door.

State wildlife searchers located the body of a woman believed to have been killed during an alligator attack in South Florida.

"The witness who called us went to the area where he thought that they had been walking, and he immediately spotted an alligator", Davie Police Detective Vivian Gallinal told WPLG.

Matsuki's body was found Friday in a lake in Davie, Florida, hours after she had gone missing at a park about eight miles from her neighborhood.

The Isla del Sol Homeowners Association in Plantation reportedly issued the wildlife alert on Wednesday in an email that urged residents to "exercise caution with our families and pets, mindful that alligators, snakes, and other wildlife may be in the area".

Matsuki's arm - identified by a distinctive tattoo - was found in the belly of the 12 and a half foot reptile haunting the waters of Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park.

A passerby saw Matsuki's with her dogs near the shoreline about 9:45 a.m. Friday, police said.

Gator hunters were dispatched to the scene and captured and killed an alligator measuring 12 feet 6 inches.

An FWC nuisance alligator harvest permit shows a complaint was filed March 26 requesting that the gator be removed from the water for the safety of people who walk near the trails with their dogs.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Matsuki", conservation commission spokesman Rob Klepper said in a statement. No one witnessed the attack, but both of her dogs were found barking toward the lake.

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