A alleged burglar who tried to hide in a lake while being chased by the police ended up as a meal for an alligator.
Matthew Riggins, 22, was reported to have been drowned by the giant reptile in Palm Bay, Florida, before being eaten.
According to a report released this week by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, parts of Riggins’ body were later found inside the alligator’s stomach by investigators.
Sheriff’s deputies chased Riggins and another suspect with dogs and a helicopter on November 13 after residents in the Barefoot Bay community reported two men walking behind houses, authorities said.
Although no suspects were caught that night, but Riggins was reported missing by his family when he did not return home, according to the sheriff’s report.
His body was found 10 days later floating in a lake, with an aggressive gator standing guard, sheriff’s Major Tod Goodyear said.
‘I believe he was hiding,’ Goodyear said of how Riggins ended up in the lake. ‘With the dogs out there, it’s not a bad idea to go into the water.’
Goodyear said Riggins had told his girlfriend by telephone that he would be out committing crime that evening and later told her he was being chased by police, metro.co.uk repoted.