Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a man whose body had been partially eaten by an alligator and was found floating in a canal.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Michael Ford II, 45, of Wauchula, whose body was found Thursday morning floating in a canal. “A large alligator had a part of Ford’s body in his mouth” when an employee at the property found Ford’s body, the sheriff’s office said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is also involved in the ongoing investigation, trapped and killed the alligator to perform a necropsy. “Ford’s hand and foot were found inside the gator’s stomach,” the sheriff’s office said about the necropsy results.