Police: Witness saw gator drag woman into Florida lake
Callers told officials the woman was walking her dog, when the alligator attacked.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities are searching a lake in South Florida after a witness called police saying an alligator attacked a woman walking her dog in a park.
The caller reported seeing the alligator drag the woman into the lake at about 9:45 a.m. Friday.
Davie Police tell news outlets that officers responding to Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park found a dog on a leash but no signs of the woman.
However, it remained unclear Friday what the witness saw. News media earlier reported a caller told police he saw a gator drag a woman into the water as she was walking her dogs.
Davie Police Detective Viviana Gallinal now says the witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs and then noticed the dogs barking near the water. The witness did not see the woman again.
Gallinal said trappers have spotted a 12-foot (3.5-meter) alligator in the pond.
News media earlier reported divers were searching the water. However, Davie Police Maj. Dale Engle clarified that no divers could search the water until the alligator was captured.
Trappers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are at the scene, looking for the alligator.
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