BREAKING: Body found in alligator-infested Florida pond where attack was feared


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The body found Thursday morning in an alligator-infested retention pond in Florida was that of a “dark-skinned female” who had no marks from alligators or other wildlife, officials said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Williamson said on Twitter that the body was found around 6:30 a.m. soon after rescue crews resumed a search for a reported teenager who was seen a day earlier flailing his arms and screaming “it bit me” before disappearing under the water.

The article goes on to state the following:

“No ID yet. No signs of any marks from alligators or other wildlife,” the sheriff’s office wrote, quoting Williamson. “We don’t know how the female got into [the] fenced retention pond. It is possible the victim was homeless. Investigation continues.”

“Female victim is late teens, early 20s. Witness made a good call when they saw someone go down,” Williamson told Fox News.

Earlier Thursday Williamson told Fox News it could not immediately be determined if the body died from drowning or from a suspected alligator attack. He said the medical examiner’s office would me the determination for cause of death within the next few days.

Rescue crews began searching the pond after deputies received a call around noon Wednesday from a man who claimed to have seen a teenage boy struggling to stay afloat while yelling “it bit me” multiple times.

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