Nearly 14-foot-long gator found at Florida waterway where body was discovered, victim identified

Deputies said the alligator was humanely killed and removed

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office identified the person whose body found in a waterway near a large alligator on Friday.

An alligator was killed after the body of 41-year-old Sabrina Peckham was found in a nearby waterway, according to a news release.

Deputies said that around 1:50 p.m., they responded to the area of 134th Avenue North and 121st Street North in unincorporated Largo after the body was reported.

During the investigation, an alligator spanning 13 feet, 8.5 inches long was discovered in the waterway, leading crews to humanely kill and remove the animal, deputies added.

In a release, investigators announced that the remains of the body were recovered from the waterway by the sheriff’s office’s dive team.

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According to the medical examiners office, the manner and cause of death is pending.

Residents with concerns about an alligator are urged to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286.

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