A 12 foot alligator long and 504 pounds who allegedly attacked and killed a 71-year-old Louisiana at The aftermath of Hurricane Ida has been captured with what seemsblait be human remains in his stomach, local authorities said .
Timothy Satterlee Sr went missing on August 30 while checking the contents of a shed at his home in Slidell, Louisiana , as floodwaters engulfed the area.
After his wife heard a splash, she discovered that her husband was being gripped in a" death scroll "by a huge alligator.
By the time it could intervene, the beast already had ripped off Satterlee's arm and made him unconscious.
She pulled her up to the steps of their house and - without her phone or the 911 running - in a desperate movement, she climbed into a small boat looking for help.
But when the MPs finally arrived, Satterlee was no longer there.
"She never thought in her wildest nightmares that she would come back and he was leaving," said Lance Vitter, spokesperson for the sheriff's office.
Satterlee's disappearance sparked a two-week search that ended on Monday, after an alligator was caught in a trap near the location where Satterlee had gone, desktop of the sheriff of St Tammany parish says .
Officers euthanized and opened the alligator, where they discovered " the upper parts of a human body ", according to Vitter.
" Once the alligator was searched, it was discovered that it had what appears to be human remains in its stomach, "the sheriff's office said.
"Investigators will work with the St Tammany Parish Coroner's Office to verify that these remains belong to Timothy Satterlee.
The attack took place the next day Ida made landfall as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States, amid what experts assess as the effect of the change man-made climate, making hurricanes more powerful and more frequent.
Storm hit Louisiana 16 years old aclose Hurricane Katrina descended on New Orleans, with Ida causing devastating flooding in some areas outside of a new system of levees and gates built in the years since Katrina in order to protect New Orleans itself, while leaving the outside areas vulnerable. Almost a million people lost their electricity and the the intense heat in the following days was deadly.
The Satterlee house is not far from An area frequented by tourists visiting for swamps t ours promises sightings of alligators and other wildlife, Vitter said.
Alligators generally do not attack humans unless the food they tend to hide has been moved, as can happen.rode during major storms, he said.
Satterlee was a mainstay of his community in Slidell, volunteering at the local school and cooking for the storm victims, Vitter said.
"It was a rare find," said Erik Schneider, Satterlee 's friend, at the lawyer of New Orleans .
"You need a friend, you need a favor, call Mr. Tim. He will be there with everything you need and everything he can give you. "