Body found after gator pulls woman into south Florida lake

Erika Holt
June 11, 2018

One of her pit bulls was also bitten in the attack.

The park is near Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami.

The state said among local deaths by alligators, a 36-year-old man died while swimming across a pond in November 2007 in West Miami.

Edwin Gomez is at the park almost every day.

"I saw the gator yesterday". She heard a hissing sound and believes it was coming from a 'gator.

Matsuki, who is from Plantation, had been walking her two dogs when the awful tragedy happened.

The remains of Shizuka Matsuki, 46, were found just before 10 p.m. Friday at the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, near Fort Lauderdale, the local ABC affiliate reported.

According to the woman's friends, her husband had urged her not to walk her dogs near the lake because he had seen gators before. Then she saw the dogs by themselves a short time later. One of her dogs got bit by the gator'.

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A witness who had seen Matsuki walking with her dogs checked back to see the dogs unattended.

A spokeswoman for Broward County Animal Care and Adoption said the agency took possession of three dogs from the Davie scene.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Florida has averaged six unprovoked alligator bites per year over the last 10 years.

Pictured caught alligator where body parts belonging to Florida resident, Shizuka Matsuki were found. The alligator was euthanized.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had shifted from search to a recovery mode after believing Matsuki to be deceased.

The only sign that the 47-year-old woman had ever been there Friday morning were the dogs, now alone near the water, refusing to leave. Matsuki's husband, who is out of town, has been told his wife went missing after walking the dogs, the paper reported. Borrelli said he was also asked to break the news to the couple's son, who is in his 20s and lives in NY. Hoping to find the rest of her body, officers and divers will remain at the park until further notice.

"The gator lurking in one of the lakes is well known to regulars". "Every time I walked the dogs during the day, I was like, 'Oh, my God, I've gotta keep away from there".

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