Authorities in Louisiana have captured the massive alligator they said is responsible for the disappearance of a man amid Hurricane Ida.
Timothy Satterlee Sr. went missing on August 30, one day after the powerful storm made landfall on the coast of Louisiana, per the Daily Beast. The 71-year-old man was presumed dead after an alligator attacked him outside of his home. His wife was inside their home when she heard noises outside and found her husband being attacked. She pulled him out of the floodwaters to their steps before leaving in her boat to go get help. When she returned, he was gone.
On Monday (September 13), the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed that it had captured the 12-foot-long, 504-pound alligator suspected of attacking Satterlee near the area where he went missing. While searching the alligator, they discovered "what appears to be human remains" in its stomach. Investigators will work with the coroner's office to verify that the remains belong to Satterlee.
"This is a horrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee family," said Sheriff Randy Smith. "I know todays findings does not bring their loved one back, but hopefully this can bring them some sort of closure. I am very proud of the hard, non-stop work, of my deputies and the other agencies who assisted, and I hope their persistence in finding this alligator will help the family with coping with their loss. We will continue to keep them in our prayers."