Authorities say a Florida man who was suspected of burglary may have been hiding from police in a nearby lake when he was found by something far worse — a huge alligator.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Maj. Tod Goodyear says 22-year-old Matthew Riggins told his girlfriend he would be in Barefoot Bay to commit burglaries with another suspect. Authorities received calls Nov. 13 about two suspicious men in black walking behind homes and investigated. Riggins was reported missing the next day.
According to reports, while possibly hiding from officers that were called to investigate the reports of these two suspicious men in the Florida community targeted by a string of burglaries, Riggins was killed by an 11-foot alligator.
Goodyear said sheriff’s divers recovered Riggins’ body 10 days later in a nearby lake and the injuries were consistent with an alligator attack. Authorities said Riggins had drowned and the alligator, which behaved aggressively toward divers, was trapped and euthanized.
Florida Today reports a second person has been taken into custody. Bad form.
The Associated Press contributed to this article