According to a statement from the St. Tammany Parish, authorities found human remains in the crocodile’s belly and are investigating whether it is Timothy Satterlee (71 years old).
Mr. Satterlee has been missing since August 30. The crocodile caught on September 13 weighed 228 kg.
Louisiana authorities found an alligator suspected of attacking people during Hurricane Ida. Photo: Twitter
Victim Timothy Satterlee. Photo: St Tammany Parish . Sheriff’s Office
Hurricane Ida caused widespread flooding, shutting down electricity and phone lines in many areas of southern Louisiana when it made landfall on August 29. Mr. Satterlee was attacked outside the family home in the suburb of Slidell. At that time, the area was flooded with flood water.
Mr. Satterlee’s wife told authorities she heard a loud dam so she stepped outside and saw her husband being attacked by an alligator. She pulled Mr. Satterlee, who was now seriously injured, up the steps of the house and took a small boat to find help.
However, when she returned home with the police force, Mr. Sattlerlee was missing. Regional police have been working with state and federal wildlife officials to search for the animal. It was trapped on the morning of September 13 (local time).
Sheriff Randy Smith said multiple agencies, including the Department of Fish and Wildlife, search and rescue officers and licensed hunters, assisted in finding and apprehending the alligator.
“This is a terrible tragedy and my condolences go out to Satterlee’s family. I understand that the capture of the alligator did not bring their loved ones back but I hope it can provide some relief.” Mr. Smith expressed.