LAKELAND — A human body was found in an alligator's mouth Tuesday afternoon in Polk County, according to police.
It was unclear whether the alligator attacked the person or found the body in the water, said Lakeland police Sgt. Gary Gross.
Gross said during a Periscope broadcast it appeared the body was a male who had been in the lake for more than a day, but that it was too soon in the investigation to say for sure.
"We got a call from a citizen about an alligator that had a body in his mouth," Gross said. "Police officers arrived on the scene and confirmed the alligator did, in fact, have what appeared to be a body."
When police arrived at the scene at Lake Hunter Drive, the alligator released the body and officers were able to remove it from the water.
Just after 3:30 p.m. trappers were still trying to capture the alligator, according to Gross.
Police said the person's identity is unknown.
LIVE on #Periscope: Body pulled out of the lake in Lakeland - Police Investigation https://t.co/R5yPcm33zS— Sgt. Gary B Gross (@GaryBGross) June 7, 2016
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