Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said a 504-pound alligator that killed a 71-year-old Louisiana man in Hurricane Ida floodwaters has been captured with human remains in his stomach.
The capture of the 12-foot alligator ended a two-week search by local and state agencies for Timothy Satterley Sr., who was last seen investigating storm damage outside his home in Slidell on August 30, Which is about 35 miles (55 km) to the northeast. new Orleans.
The attack comes days after Ida, one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the US Gulf Coast, slammed Louisiana, causing devastating flooding in some areas outside a new levee and floodgate system protecting New Orleans. Went.
Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, a crocodile “weighing an astounding 504 pounds” was caught Monday in nets set up by two Louisiana Department of Wildlife licensed nuisance hunters.
“Once the alligator was searched, it found what appeared to be human remains inside its abdomen,” the sheriff’s office said. “Investigators will work with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to verify that those remains belong to Timothy Satterley.”
Captain Lance Witter, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said wildlife agents were scouring the area in aerial boats on Saturday after they deployed a drone that appeared to be a “rather large” alligator.
Agents laid a trap, which was successful on Monday. Agents then euthanized and cut up the crocodile “and that’s when they discovered the body parts,” Vitter said. “It was the upper part of the human body.”
Witter said the Satterly home is not far from an area frequented by tourists, who promise to see alligators and other wildlife for a swamp tour. He said crocodiles usually do not attack humans unless the food they hold is displaced, as can happen during major storms.
Satterley’s wife saw a large alligator attack her husband when he went outside their house to examine the contents of their ground-level shed. The alligator had put her in a “death roll” and slashed one of her arms, Vitter said, recalling the wife’s statement to officers. The 68-year-old wife intervened and the crocodile disappeared into the water.
Bleeding profusely and blacking out, the husband asked her to get in his small boat and seek help, Vitter said. Vitter said that it would have been difficult for the wife to get her husband into the boat without his help and without turning over. She left him on their stairs.
The wife found help about a mile away and returned only to find that her husband was no longer on the stairs, Vitter said. “She never thought in her worst nightmare that she would come back and she would be gone.”
Satterley was a pillar of his community in Slidell, volunteering at the local school and cooking for hurricane victims, Witter said, hoping that finding the crocodile would turn something off for Satterley’s wife.
“Now that we’ve found the crocodile, at least he can get a death certificate,” Witter said.
Vitter said the alligator was unusually large for the area, with catchers typically measuring 7-1/2 to 8 feet in length and rarely exceeding 300 pounds.
According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, male crocodiles can be as heavy as 1,000 pounds (454 kg).