Woman missing after alligator 'dragged' her into Florida pond


The caller reported seeing the alligator drag the woman into the lake at about 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Davie Police said the witness told them the woman was walking her dogs before she was grabbed by the alligator, sometime late Friday morning.

'Her dogs won't leave the pond. Its presence is hindering search efforts, Engle said.

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"I'm praying that nothing happened to her", Borelli said.

The reptiles are "opportunistic feeders" that live in all of the state's 67 counties, according to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission website. Gallinal said the wildlife commission would take over the investigation.

The scene is in the 5600 block of Southwest 52nd Street, several blocks southwest of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, just west of Florida's Turnpike and north of Stirling Road.

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"We can't call the dive team in until they capture the gator", Engle said.

Divers are searching for her in the water. Although, he's really big. They are particularly active during their mating season in May and June.

It is not uncommon for alligators to be removed from householders' swimming pools, but their attacks on people are rare. Since 1948, there have been 300 incidents when alligators have bitten people, and 22 have died. 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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