A pilot who crashed his helicopter in Florida was devoured by an alligator.
Miami-Dade police found the crash site at about 9:30 p.m. on July 5, the Daily Mail reported. The single-engine Cessna 152 was found in a swampy area in the Florida everglades, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
At the crash site, the news crew inside of a WPLG helicopter saw the body of the pilot being devoured by an alligator. The victim is believed to be student pilot Mark Ukaere, WPLG reported.
"I don't want to believe that this thing has happened," roommate Patrick Shedrack said. "I don't want to believe that."
Shedrack said he knew something was not right when Ukaere did not show up to church on Sunday.
"All he does is go to his college, (come) back home (and) on Sundays, church. That's all," Shedrack said.
The single-engine Cessna 152 had a logo for Dean International Flight Training & Aircraft Rentals on its side. The flight school owner, Robert Dean, said the pilot left on an unauthorized flight alone on July 1 at about 8:40 p.m.
"Every time anybody flies in the evening, they must fly with another pilot," Dean said.
Dean said he made several attempts to contact the pilot. He said he called several different places he thought the pilot might have gone and also reached out to people he suspected might have been with him or, at the very least, know of his whereabouts.
The flight school owner eventually reached out to the FBI. He said he believed the pilot suffered from spatial disorientation while flying through the pitch black darkness over the Everglades.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene on July 6, and are currently investigating.
Ukaere's ex-girlfriend took to Instagram to write a heartbreaking post about the nature of their relationship:
I woke up to a bad news this morning and now i am so pained,my day is ruined, oh Mark am so sorry for how i have treated you, i wish this is a lie so i can make it up to you, you weren't just a friend but a very special one, now am remembering when u will call me but i wouldn't answer you well coz i was so angry at you,i hated you for hurting me and i will tell u i have a new boyfriend and you will be so jealous but still tell me i hope you happy but infact i am not, it is the most f***ed up relationship i ever had, i was just lying to you, you called on June 14 and wanted to talk to me and network couldn't make u hear me but i dropped the call on u n i didn't care to call back and now today you gone, how could i hate you so much and now you gone, you didn't even give me a chance to tell you i have forgiven you, why mark? Why? Now you making me cry so much, never lost someone so close to me, didn't know this is how it felt to loose someone so dear to you.
You were so kind, so loving, so caring.
Now you've left me without even saying goodbye.
Am so sorry Mark. I promise i will never hate anyone again i promise.