450 pound alligator captured, parts of deceased Florida man found inside

Image Credit: Image Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel

An alligator had consumed part of a body that was found floating in a canal this week, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Ford II, 45, of Wauchula was found on Thursday morning by an employee of Mosaic, a fertilizer company in south Polk County near Fort Meade.

Both the bodies of Ford as well as that of the alligator that was seen with part of Ford’s body in its mouth were taken in as part of the investigation into the death. An autopsy was performed on Ford and a necropsy on the alligator, which had been captured and killed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trappers.

The necropsy revealed a hand and foot of Ford inside the alligator’s stomach, officials said.

The autopsy on Ford revealed more lacerations and injuries caused by the alligator. It also revealed the apparent cause of death was drowning, the sheriff’s office said.

Final cause of death, though, await toxicology results.

Sheriff’s office detectives impounded a truck found at the scene that was owned by one of Ford’s friends who had recently agreed to sell the truck to Ford, according to investigators.

Neither the friend, nor Ford’s family had heard from Ford since the previous Sunday, June 23.

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