Shizuka Matsuki was dragged into a lake in Davie as she walked her dogs on Friday, and her body was found hours later. Officials confirmed her identity later that evening after discovering some of her limbs in the alligator's stomach.
Shizuka Matsuki, 47, of Plantation, Fla., was walking her dogs on Friday in Davie, according to Officer Ronald Washington of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, when the attack occurred.
"It's not uncommon for her to go there", Limia said.
A witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs and then noticed the dogs alone, barking near the water.
Still, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission warned people not to jump to conclusions about what had happened on the side of the pond until they could investigate.
According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Isla del Sol Homeowners Association sent an email to its residents shortly after the six-foot gator was trapped.
The warning came just after a 6-foot alligator was found near a resident's front door. "It's such a sad story, I can't even process it...something like this is so freakish".
Police and wildlife experts immediately launched a search for Matsuki in the area of water channels and ponds about 25 miles north of Miami and suspected the worst when a large gator was spotted swimming in the area.
"We will also be implementing a public information campaign with our residents to remind them of these natural hazards", he said.
Jim Borrelli, a friend of Matsuki, said she and her husband have walked their dogs in the park previously. At the time of the accident, Matsuki's husband was out of town and was trying to fly back home after hearing the news. Inside the animal, authorities found "evidence. that indicates that the victim of this incident was bitten by the alligator that was captured". "They're at least [8-foot], 9-foot alligators".