Florida Homeless Man Eaten By Alligator

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Richard Zachary TaylorRichard Zachary Taylor

A man's body was found being eaten by an alligator in Lake Hunter, Florida.

“The officers got here and the alligator still had the person," Sgt. Gary Gross from Lakeland Police told WFLA. "He let the individual go, he is deceased, looks like this person may have been dead more than a day."

It is unclear whether the alligator killed the man or if he was already dead when the animal found him and then ate his remains.

“We don’t want to speculate, but I will say when the officer got here the alligator did a roll and had the person in contact with him,” Gross said.

The alligator released the man’s body from its mouth and authorities were able to pull it from the water.

Lakeland Police identified the man as Richard Zachary Taylor, a 72-year-old homeless man, according to WTVT.

An autopsy will be performed to determine his cause of death.

Gator trapper Scott Barbon was called to the scene to help Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers catch the alligator, according to WFLA.

“The main thing now is if they trap the gator to try to figure out if they can do a test on that gator and see if there’s any human parts in that gator’s stomach,” Gross said.

The alligator was captured and killed, according to WTVT.

Sources: WFLA, WTVT / Photo credit: WTVT

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