Body of woman killed by alligator in Davie found

Shizuka Matsuki attacked by 12-foot, 6-inch alligator while walking dogs

By Natalie Morera - Executive Producer

DAVIE, Fla. - The body of a woman attacked by an alligator at a Davie park has been found, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

FWC spokesman Rob Klepper said in a news release that Shizuka Matsuki, 47, of Plantation, was found at 9:49 p.m. Friday in a lake at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Matsuki," Klepper wrote.

Sources on Friday told Local 10 News that an arm had been recovered from inside the alligator.

Klepper had previously said evidence from the necropsy indicates that Matsuki, who had been walking her dogs at the time, was bitten by the 12-foot, 6-inch gator.

Davie police Detective Vivian Gallinal said a man saw Matsuki walking her dogs in the park. A short time later, he said, he saw the dogs wandering alone.

One of the dogs was found with a fresh wound, but Matsuki was missing.

Residents who live in the area told Local 10 News that a gator is known to roam the lakes in the park.

A friend of Matsuki went to the park Saturday to pick up the victim's car. He said Matsuki's husband, who was in Chicago at the time, had warned her to stay away because of the gator.

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