On Friday, Florida authorities responded to a call from Largo, Florida about an alligator seen with a body in its mouth.
According to the New York Post, a woman was killed by the gator and has been identified as Sabrina Peckham, 41.
Before her death, Peckham was reportedly homeless and in July she pled no contest to trespassing on a wetland that contains gators.
Authorities have since killed the 14ft gator that ate Peckham.
Here is the scene: (WARNING IT’S GRAPHIC)
🎥 WATCH: Authorities were called to a canal along a residential street in the city of Largo on Friday after a body was spotted in the grip of the alligator pic.twitter.com/JLN2wwvO23
— The Times and The Sunday Times (@thetimes) September 25, 2023
Here’s what CNN reported:
Florida authorities have identified the woman found dead after an alligator was seen with a body in its mouth.
Authorities responded to a call in Largo, in the Tampa Bay area, about a gator in the water about 1:50 p.m. on Friday.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday identified the victim as Sabrina Peckham, 41.
A witness, JaMarcus Bullard, told CNN affiliate Spectrum News 13 he earlier saw an alligator with a body its mouth.
“I could tell there was a body in his mouth, so I started recording,” Bullard said.
Officials humanely killed In the the 13-foot, 8.5-inch male, according to the sheriff’s office and Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Alligators have been spotted in the area before, but resident Jennifer Dean told Spectrum News 13 that she had never seen one this large.
We @BN9 have learned the woman whose remains were found with the nearly 14-foot alligator in Largo has been ID’d as Sabrina Peckham, 41.
Her daughter said her mom was homeless and staying at a camp near where the alligator was found. She described her as caring and kind. pic.twitter.com/s2C0fafVub
— Angie Angers (@angie_angers) September 25, 2023
Here’s what The New York Post shared:
The woman whose lifeless body was found clenched between a 14-foot alligator’s jaws was arrested just two months earlier for trespassing on county wetland property.
Sabrina Peckham, 41, was identified by police Saturday as the victim being dragged by the beast in a canal along a residential street in Largo, a small community just four miles south of Clearwater.
The homeless woman was caught by Pinellas County deputies around 6:30 a.m. on July 14 for trespassing onto county wetland just half a mile from where she was found dead Friday, court records show.
Peckman ignored posted signage warning against unlaw entry.
After pleading no contest to the misdemeanor, she was released from the county on Sept. 8 and was ordered to $500
It is not clear where the transient woman went in the two weeks before she was discovered dead in the waterway.
This is the view from our chopper over Largo where a death investigation is happening. No word on the victim. But we can see the alligator is huge. pic.twitter.com/CJo6aA8Z6B
— holly gregory (@hollygregory33) September 22, 2023