Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Broward victim of alligator attack is identified

DAVIE — State wildlife searchers have located the body of a woman believed to have been killed during an alligator attack in South Florida.

Authorities have identified a Broward County woman who was killed by an alligator while walking her dogs in Plantation on Friday.

A witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs Friday and then noticed the dogs alone, barking near the water. One of the dogs had a fresh injury, a gash on its side.

The alligator believed to be responsible for the attack was captured and killed. A necropsy of the alligator showed evidence that the gator had attacked Matsuki.

Wildlife officials say they are conducting an investigation into Matsuki’s death.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Shizuka Matsuki," the Florida Wildlife Commission said in a tweet Saturday morning. "Search teams located the body of Ms. Matsuki June 8 at the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park lake in Davie. We will be conducting a thorough investigation into this incident."

Read more in this report from the Miami Herald.

Supplemented with the Associated Press.

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