Human Remains Found in Alligator Suspected of Killing Louisiana Man

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The gator attacked the 71-year-old man during Hurricane Ida’s aftermath

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) officers have captured the alligator believed to have attacked and killed a man in his shed during the flooding following Hurricane Ida.

According to, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies captured the more than 500-pound, 12-foot alligator in the Avery Estates area near where 71-year-old Timothy Satterlee Sr. was attacked and was reported missing by his wife on Aug. 30.

Officials and others spent two weeks searching for Satterlee and the alligator that attacked him.

Sheriff Randy Smith says on Monday, Sept. 13, agents located an alligator near where the incident occurred. LDWF agents set a trap and caught the gator, which was found to have human remains in its stomach.

The coroner is examining the human remains to determine whether they belong to Satterlee.

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Smith says, “This is a horrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee family. I know today’s findings does not bring their loved one back, but hopefully this can bring them some sort of closure. I am very proud of the hard, non-stop work, of my deputies and the other agencies who assisted, and I hope their persistence in finding this alligator will help the family with coping with their loss. We will continue to keep them in our prayers.”

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