Authorities identify woman bitten by alligator

Leroy Wright
June 9, 2018

They found body parts inside the reptile.

FWC spokesman Rob Klepper said in a news release that Shizuka Matsuki, 47, of Plantation, was found at 9:49 p.m. Friday in a lake at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park. Officials said they believe Matsuki is dead, and recovery efforts will continue.

"Human remains" were retrieved from the animal, according to the Miami Herald, citing authorities.

This is the alligator that was trapped at the incident in Davie.

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A family friend who went to the park during the search for Matsuki said her husband was in Chicago and had been warned by him to stay away because of the gator. OTHER ABC11 STORIES: Duke doctors perform "surgery" to give doll the same scar as Durham girlHidden History: Exploring North Carolina's Land of Oz theme parkJim Borrelli, a friend of the woman, said she and her husband have walked their dogs in the park previously.

Police divers haul a boat to the entrance of Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park on Friday in Davie, Fla. Neighbors say they often see people walking their dogs around the lakes and have even seen kids go swimming in them.

A witness saw Matsuki walking two dogs and contacted police when they saw the dogs alone and unattended, according to FWC. The two were walking in different directions and parted ways. The park is surrounded by a residential community. Davie Police Detective Viviana Gallinal said the dog had a gash on its side and described it as a fresh injury. The woman was nowhere around and a gator has been spotted in the pond. The dogs are now with Animal Care.

"This tragedy is heartbreaking for everyone involved", Klepper said. Authorities captured an alligator in a Florida pond after a witness' report led police to believe the animal may have dragged a woman into the water. The witness did not see the woman again. These wounds are serious enough to require professional medical treatment.

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