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Authorities uncovered human remains in the stomach of a 12-foot-long alligator alleged to have attacked a Louisiana man in flooding caused by Hurricane Ida two weeks ago.
The parish coroner’s office is working with investigators to determine if the remains are those of Timothy Satterlee, who has been missing since the Aug. 30 attack, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The gator caught on Monday weighed “a stunning 504 pounds,” according to the sheriff’s office.
He is 71 years old.
Timothy Satterlee Was Killed By Alligator
When Ida made landfall on Aug. 29, the storm triggered severe flooding and knocked down power and phone service in parts of south Louisiana.
Satterlee was assaulted outside his home in Slidell, a New Orleans suburb on the north coast of Lake Pontchartrain, which was surrounded by floodwaters.
Satterlee’s wife heard a splash and went outside to witness the alligator assaulting her husband, according to authorities.
She was able to drag her gravely injured spouse to their front steps.
She utilized a small boat to climb to higher land and seek assistance. Satterlee was gone when she and the deputies returned to the residence.
In their search for the alligator, sheriff’s deputies were assisted by federal and state wildlife officials.
The alligator was caught in a trap set by alligator hunters on Monday morning.
Multiple agencies, including Fisheries and Wildlife agents, Louisiana search and rescue agents with their cadaver dogs, and licensed hunters, aided in the search and capture of the alligator, according to St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith.
Smith said, “This is a horrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee family,”
“I know todays findings does not bring their loved one back, but hopefully this can bring them some sort of closure. I am very proud of the hard, non-stop work, of my deputies and the other agencies who assisted, and I hope their persistence in finding this alligator will help the family with coping with their loss.”