Alligator may have bitten, killed woman in Florida, authorities say

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Elsewhere in Florida a man was knocked unconscious trying to remove an alligator

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Elsewhere in Florida a man was knocked unconscious trying to remove an alligator

Davie police tell news outlets that officers responding to Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park found a dog on a leash but no signs of the woman.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said investigators are trying to determine if the 12-foot 6-inch gator was involved in the woman's disappearance.

The dogs are now in the care of animal control. Matsuki's husband, who is out of town, has been told his wife went missing after walking the dogs, the paper reported.

The horrifying event happened at the Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park, west of Florida's Turnpike, off Southwest 52nd Street, ABC 10 reported.

Trina Gonzalez, who lives in Davie, told the Sun Sentinel that the area is risky.

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

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Authorities captured an alligator suspected of dragging a woman into a South Florida lake on Friday.

While the man did not actually see the alligator attacking the woman, alligators are known to live in the lakes in the park, reports said. Feeding wild alligators is illegal because they could lose their fear of humans. Commission spokesman Rob Klepper said they were able to positively identify the woman from evidence collected from the necropsy of the alligator, but he wouldn't specifically say what that evidence was. Dale Engle said no divers could search the water until the alligator was captured.

A witness at the scene told authorities that they'd noticed a woman with two dogs and then later spotted the two dogs alone, according to a statement from the FWC, who added that one of the canines had been wounded. From 1948 to 2017, 401 unprovoked bite incidents have occurred in Florida with 24 of these proving fatal.

Friends of Matsuki said that she was a wonderful woman who loved to cook.

In the most publicized recent attack, a 2-year-old boy died in June 2016 after an alligator pulled him into a lagoon near a Walt Disney World hotel.

No additional details were immediately available.

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