Huge 504lb 12ft alligator suspected of mauling Timothy Slaterlee, 71, in Hurricane Ida floodwater is captured and killed
A GIANT alligator thought to have mauled and eaten a Louisiana man during flooding caused by Hurricane Ida has been captured and killed.
Authorities from St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana announced in Monday that human remains were found in the stomach of the mammoth alligator, thought to have eaten Timothy Satterlee, 71.
The local Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post: "St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies with the Special Operation Division, along with U. S. and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents, captured a 12 foot long alligator, weighing a startling 504 pounds in the area of Avery Estates.
"It was near the location where Timothy Satterlee Sr. went missing on Monday, August 30, 2021, one day after Hurricane Ida hit South Louisiana, creating destruction across the region.
It went on to detail how U.S. Wildlife officials caught the animal using traps.
"This past weekend U.S. Wildlife agents observed a large alligator in a waterway near where the incident occurred.
"Deputies and agents, with the assistance of two Louisiana Department of Wildlife licensed nuisance hunters, Phillip Mc Clurke and Eric Dumas, set traps to catch the alligator.
"The alligator was caught this morning by one of the traps and brought to a secure sight to be searched."
After it was killed, a search revealed human remains in its stomach, although it remains unclear whose they are.
"Once the alligator was searched, it was discovered to have what appears to be human remains inside its stomach. Investigators will work with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to verify those remains belong to Timothy Satterlee."
Satterlee went missing on September 3 after his wife heard splashing in Ida's floodwaters outside their home in Slidell, a suburb of New Orleans.
The victim was believed to have been in his shed, “which had several feet of water in it” when his partner reportedly heard a "commotion" and found the alligator attacking him, cops said.
She then got into a canoe outside of their home and headed for help as neither her phone nor 911 was working in the aftermath of the storm.
When Satterlee's wife, believed to be in her 60s, returned to the house, Satterlee was gone.
Authorities said the victim's arm was ripped off while he was being attacked by the gator.
Local Randy Sheriff offered his condolences to the grieving family.
"“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," he added.
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