Human Remains Found In Alligator’s Jaw

( – Texas law enforcement is investigating the discovery of human remains in an alligator’s jaws, a relatively rare occurrence in the state, while they were searching for a missing woman.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 29, the Houston Police Department reported that patrol officers found the remains of a body in the creature’s jaws, which was identified as a woman. The discovery happened in Horsepen Bayou while police were “searching the area for a woman reported missing.”

The announcement reported that a sergeant fatally shot the alligator to stop it from further damaging the human remains. Both bodies, the woman and the alligator, were later recovered from the bayou.

The victim was in her 60s and was not named. Her husband reported her missing early in the morning on Tuesday, May 28. The husband told law enforcement that around 7:30 PM on Monday, May 27, his wife left their home to go for a walk and never came back.

Although she was found in the jaws of an alligator, police are still waiting for the autopsy results in order to determine how she actually died. It’s not unheard of for a murder victim’s body to be disposed of by alligators, and she could have been killed beforehand.

One local told reporters that she was aware of the alligators and which areas to stay away from, and that she’s never heard of anything like that happening in the area. Such attacks aren’t common in Texas and are most often associated with Florida.

Less than a year before the gruesome discovery in the Lone Star State, a woman’s body was found in the jaws of an alligator in the Sunshine State. Eight months ago in Largo, the 41-year-old woman was spotted in the jaws of a massive alligator measuring around 13 feet. More recently, an 85-year-old died from an alligator attack in Fort Pierce while walking her dog.

The last fatal attack from an alligator to happen in Texas was in 2015. A 28-year-old man was attacked and killed in Southeast Texas while swimming at night.

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