FORT MEADE, Fla. – A man found partially eaten by an alligator in Polk County earlier this year died from a methamphetamine overdose, according to WTSP-TV, citing autopsy results.
In June, an employee at Mosaic Co. in Ft. Meade discovered an 11-foot alligator in a pond, and it had a dead man in its mouth, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was identified as Michael Ford II, 45.
According to WTSP-TV, the Medical Examiner’s Office for Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties on Wednesday cited “methamphetamine intoxication” as the cause of death and said the alligator attack appears to have happened after Ford had died.
We’re conducting a death investigation on Mosaic property just off Peeples Road, west of Fort Meade (nearest cross street - CR 630). At 7:43 a.m. we rec’d a call in ref to an adult male body found in the water & near a gator. @MyFWC is assisting. More info will be released later pic.twitter.com/R8cYwsAcLi— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) June 27, 2019