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Archive for Friday, May 19, 2006

Alligator suspected in fatal attack captured

May 19, 2006

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— Wildlife officers captured an alligator Thursday that they think fatally attacked a Tennessee woman while she snorkeled in a secluded recreation area near Ocala.

Trappers caught the 11-foot-4-inch, 407-pound alligator on a baited hook in Juniper Creek, near Lake George, where Annemarie Campbell was attacked, state wildlife officials said.

A forensic tooth expert has to confirm that the bite marks on Campbell match the gator's teeth, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Kat Kelley.

People with Campbell beat the animal until it released her body. The captured alligator bore scratch marks on its snout and a stab wound in its right eyelid, officials said.

Campbell, 23, of Paris, Tenn., died from drowning and multiple blunt-force injuries, according to an autopsy.

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