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The human remains found inside the stomach of a 12-foot alligator belong to a man who disappeared in the floods of the Hurricane Ida on August 30, a coroner from Louisiana.
Timothy Satterlee Sr., 71, was attacked by the alligator last month outside his home in the town of Slidell, His wife, who witnessed the attack, previously told authorities.
Almost two weeks after the attack, authorities captured the alligator believed to have attacked the man, in the Avery Estates area near Slidell, a town on Lake Pontchartrain across from New Orleans, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Once sacrificed, the contents of the reptile’s stomach revealed human remains, according NBC News.
On Thursday, St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston confirmed in a news release that the remains belong to Satterlee.
The coroner’s office used DNA samples taken from tissue from the human remains found and compared them with samples from Satterlee’s children. The researchers were able to make an 11-point DNA match with Satterlee’s children.
“For legal purposes, a 16 point match is the general standard,” Preston said in the statement. “In this case, under the circumstances, I am satisfied that a match of 11 points confirms that these are the remains of Mr. Satterlee.”
Preston said they have also acquired hair and other samples from Satterlee’s house and will try to make a complete DNA match.
“We offer our condolences to Mr. Satterlee’s family as they continue to grieve with this tragic loss,” he said.
Hurricane Ida caused widespread flooding and cut off power and phone service in southeastern Louisiana when it made landfall on August 29.
Authorities said Satterlee’s wife heard a splash and left her home and saw the crocodile attacking her husband. She managed to carry her seriously injured husband up the steps of their house.
He used a small boat to get to higher ground to get help. But when she and the agents returned to the house, Satterlee had disappeared.