Officials hunt for gator after man found dead with “bad bite wounds”
“Due to the large size and irregular shape of the pond, deputies requested the Sheriff’s Office helicopter to canvass the area by air,” CCSO officials said.”Helicopter observers located what appeared to be a motionless person in the pond, out of sight from the residence.”
Agents with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said they were told that someone had reported seeing an alligator on top of a man at a pond off Kiawah Island Club Drive, the station reported.
Deputies believe the deceased individual is the person originally reported as missing. Investigators confirmed they found “bad bite wounds” on the man’s body that are consistent with marks sustained from an alligator encounter.
The South Carolina DNR is currently searching for the alligator. In a statement, Kiawah Island Mayor Craig Weaver said in part, “I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. Kiawah Island is a small community of well-acquainted friends and neighbors and this loss will be felt by the entire community. On behalf of myself and the Town, we extend our condolences to the family.”
On Saturday evening, Kiawah Island released a statement on their Facebook page about safety tips on alligators.