Warning issued days before Florida woman attacked and killed by alligator

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2018

Divers have found the body of a woman dragged into a lake by an alligator while walking her dogs. The Davie Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Matsuki was attacked near a lake, but details about the fatal incident have not been released.

Holste said in an email to Local 10 News investigative reporter Jeff Weinsier that Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park, where Shizuka Matsuki's body was found Friday night, will remain closed until signage has been erected warning people of alligators, snakes and other wildlife.

A man told detectives that he saw Matsuki walking her dogs in the park. Her body was found in the lake hours later. "He had warned her not to take the dogs over to that place because they had seen gators before and it isn't safe", neighbor Peter Limia, 37, said.

He said he was also asked to break the news to the couple's son, who is in his 20s and lives in NY.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Shizuka Matsuki".

Alligators are opportunistic feeders that will eat what is easily available.

Two days before the woman was fatally attacked, an emailed warning about a trespassing gator was sent out to homeowners in the waterfront community where she lived. According to the Florida state wildlife commission, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident is roughly one in 3.2m. "After an initial necropsy, evidence was found that indicates that the victim of this incident was bitten by the alligator that was captured earlier today", the commission said in a statement, according to WPEC.

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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