The body of a Florida woman who went missing on Friday was found just hours after some of her remains were discovered inside an alligator, officials said on Saturday.
The woman, identified as Shizuka Matsuki, 47, of Plantation, Fla., was last seen walking her dogs near a lake in the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, about 25 miles north of Miami, on Friday morning, the Davie Police Department said.
A man saw her walking her dogs there, and then minutes later saw the dogs running loose, one of them injured, reported WPLG, a local ABC affiliate. He called the police.
The man “went to the area where he thought that they had been walking, and he immediately spotted an alligator,” said Detective Viviana Gallinal..
A 12-foot, 6-inch alligator was removed from the lake on Friday afternoon and officials performed a necropsy, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement. A spokesman for the commission told reporters that they had found human remains inside the reptile. That day officials identified Ms. Matsuki as the victim.
Citing anonymous sources, local news outlets reported that an arm was found inside the alligator. Ms. Matsuki’s brother identified it by its distinctive tattoo, according to WSVN, a Fox affiliate.
Search teams found Ms. Matsuki’s body at the lake later on Friday.
A spokesman for the police department declined to comment on Saturday. A spokeswoman from the wildlife commission did not respond to phone messages.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Shizuka Matsuki,” the commission said in a statement on Twitter.