Divers search pond after reported gator attack


Sources told News4Jax sister station WPLG/Local10 News that an arm was found inside an alligator that was caught in a lake at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Broward County.

One moment, Shizuka Matsuki was out for a walk with her pit bulls, standing next to a pond at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, Fla., roughly 30 miles north of Miami.

A witness called police after seeing Matsuki walking the dogs initially and then seeing only the dogs barking.

"The gator has been taken into FWC and so has the evidence", said FWC Officer Ronald Washington.

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Matsuki, who lived in the nearby city of Plantation, was seen by a witness walking two dogs near the lake at the park on Friday before she suddenly vanished.

One of the dogs was bitten by the gator, Davie police said. The witness told police the woman was gone the next time she looked but the dogs were still there, WSVN reported. Despite signs posted saying no swimming, neighbors say it's not unusual to see kids splashing in the lake.

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Police and trappers were watching an alligator that was believed to have dragged a woman into a pond in Davie, Fla., on Friday morning.

Matsuki was married and she and her husband have walked their dogs in that park before, family friend Jim Borrelli told Fox 10.

Matsuki, 47, disappeared while walking her dogs. Divers found his body at the bottom of the pond, and two gators - one 9 feet, 4 inches long, the other 7 feet, 6 inches long - were removed from the pond.

"The first thing you think that a gator is going to grab you and grab your dog", said Sharon Estupinan.

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.

However, fatal attacks on humans remain rare.

There have been 401 unprovoked alligator bites between 1948 and 2017, the commission said, and of those 24 resulted in fatalities.