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Part of man’s body found in 11-foot alligator’s mouth, Polk deputies say

Part of man’s body found in 11-foot alligator’s mouth, Polk deputies say

A death investigation is underway in Polk County after part of a man’s body was found in an alligator’s mouth.Officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Ford II’s body was found around 7:45 a.m. on Mosaic property, just off Peeples Road, west of Fort Meade.Deputies said the 11-foot, 10-inch alligator was trapped and killed. Authorities said they found a hand and foot inside the alligator’s stomach. An autopsy revealed Ford had lacerations and injuries caused by the gator, and believe his death was from drowning. Officials said the final cause and manner of death is pending toxicology. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission personnel are assisting deputies with their investigation.

FORT MEADE, Fla. —

A death investigation is underway in Polk County after part of a man’s body was found in an alligator’s mouth.

Officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Ford II’s body was found around 7:45 a.m. on Mosaic property, just off Peeples Road, west of Fort Meade.

Deputies said the 11-foot, 10-inch alligator was trapped and killed. Authorities said they found a hand and foot inside the alligator’s stomach.

An autopsy revealed Ford had lacerations and injuries caused by the gator, and believe his death was from drowning.

Officials said the final cause and manner of death is pending toxicology.

We’re conducting a death investigation on Mosaic property just off Peeples Road, west of Fort Meade (nearest cross street – CR 630). At 7:43 a.m. we rec’d a call in ref to an adult male body found in the water & near a gator. @MyFWC is assisting. More info will be released later pic.twitter.com/R8cYwsAcLi

— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) June 27, 2019

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission personnel are assisting deputies with their investigation.

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