Officials Find Arm Of Missing Woman Found Inside Alligator's Stomach

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Authorities confirmed Saturday morning that they had found the remains of a woman killed by an alligator in Davie, Florida.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Matsuki", Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Rob Klepper said.

According to Key West Aquarium, alligator attacks on humans are considered rare, with 23 recorded fatalities since the early 1970's.

The Sun-Sentinel identified Matsuki after speaking to relatives who had appeared at the park after her disappearance.

"We are erecting signage at all town parks and open space sites with a water body or adjacent to a canal providing warning regarding natural hazards such as alligators, snakes and other animals", said Phillip R. Holste, Davie's assistant town administrator, in an email.

The warning came just after a 6-foot alligator was found near a resident's front door. One of the dogs had a fresh injury, a gash on its side. "The FWC will be conducting a thorough investigation into this incident", he said.

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Witnesses saw a woman with the dogs, then later noticed the dogs alone, barking near the water.

"It's not uncommon for her to go there", Limia said.

Jeff Polhman, Davie's Assistant Director of Parks, said to the newspaper that trappers had been hired within the last 18-24 months in a bid to capture the alligator, but they had not had any success.

Florida wildlife officials have logged 401 "unprovoked bite incidents" from 1948 to 2017, according to a fact sheet published in 2017.

Local residents also told the newspaper that they had complained about alligators in the park, with some even explaining that they had lost pets that wandered too close to the lake.

The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a 2-year-old boy playing near the water's edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.

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