Sniper protects divers from alligators during search for human remains at Florida park

Large gator snatched remains at Hungryland Wildlife and Environmental Area in Indiantown

File photo of an alligator. (Pixabay)

INDIANTOWN, Fla. – Sheriff’s office divers searched a gator-infested canal in a Florida wilderness preserve after human remains were found near a canal bank before being snatched by a large alligator, officials said.

Divers for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office searched a large area of the Hungryland Wildlife and Environmental Area in Indiantown, Florida, after the human remains were found Thursday at the park.

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A sheriff’s officer sniper kept watch over the search in case any gators got too close to the divers, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

No other information about the human remains has been released.

The park remained closed to visitors during the search.

“Martin County Fire Rescue’s Dive team is currently searching the gator-infested waters at Hungryland Preserve for any additional human remains after body parts were discovered near the canal bank last night. A MCSO sniper is keeping a watchful eye protecting the divers while they search. A large gator did have possession of what was located last night. The park will remained closed until investigators clear the scene,” the Facebook post stated.

Indiantown is 38 miles northwest of West Palm Beach.

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