A Florida man who was found partially eaten by an alligator earlier this year actually died from a meth overdose, not a gator attack, according to autopsy results.
Michael Ford, 45, was found dead in a canal near Fort Meade, a city in Polk County roughly 60 miles east of Tampa on June 27. Someone reported seeing a piece of a body in a nearby alligator’s mouth and called authorities.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said they were investigating Ford’s death. The county medical examiner’s office confirmed he died of
Ford’s initial apparent cause of death was drowning. Investigators said he had lacerations and other injuries on his body because of the alligator.
After the man’s body was discovered, the FWC trapped and killed the alligator. A necropsy found Ford’s hand and foot inside the gator’s stomach. The medical examiner said it appears the alligator (which weighed 450 pounds and was 12 feet long) attacked Ford after he died.
Two scary ways to die in Florida. Gator attack or meth overdose…
That’s a hat trick.
(Photo, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; via Fox News)