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- Oscar Scherer State Park, Florida - August 16 1973,
Sharon Holmes, 16, killed at dusk by an 11'3" male alligator that
had been fed by park visitors.
- Peace River Canal, Florida - September 29 1977, George
Leonard, 52 was attacked and killed by a 7' female alligator while
swimming at about 8:30 pm.
- Martin County, Florida - September 10 1978, 14 year old
Phillip Rastrelli was attacked and killed by an 11 foot male
alligator while swimming in Hidden River Canal at 12:00 pm.
- St. Lucie County, Florida - August 6th 1984, 11 year
old Robert Crespo was attacked and killed by 12'4" alligator while
swimming at 4:30 pm.
- Wakulla River, Florida - July 13th 1987 George Cummings
III, 29 was killed by a an 11 foot male alligator while snorkeling
at about 2:00 pm.
- Charlotte County, Florida - On July 4th 1988, a 4 year
old girl Erin Glover was killed by a 10'7" male alligator as she
walked along the shore of Hidden Lake at 6:00 pm.
- Martin County, Florida - June 19th 1993, Bradley
Weidenhamer a 10 year old male was killed an 11'4" alligator while
wading in the Loxahatchee River in Jonathan Dickinson State Park
at 6:00 in the evening.
- Sumter County, Florida - October 3 1993, 70 year old
Grace Eberhart was killed at Lake Serenity. Circumstances of her
death are unknown except that she died of a broken neck caused by
an alligator bite to the head and neck. Multiple alligators could
have been involved in the attack.
- Volusia County, Florida - March 21st 1997, 3 year old
Adam Binford was killed when he strayed outside of a roped off
swimming area at Lake Ashby. His body was recovered the next about
1 mile from the attack site. An 11 foot alligator suspected of the
attack was later killed by a trapper.
- Sarasota County, Florida - May 4th 2001, 70 year old
Samuel Wetmore's body discovered in pond near his home with 8'4"
alligator was circling nearby. Mr. Wetmore died of blood loss and
Polk County, Florida
- June 23 2001, 2 year old Alexandria Murphy wondered away from
her fenced back yard and was killed by a 6'6" alligator 700 feet
from her home on Lake Cannon.
- Sanibel, Florida - September 11th 2001, 82 year old
Robert Steele was attacked and killed while walking his dog on a
trail between two wetland areas in the J.N. "Ding" Darling
National Wildlife Refuge. FWC officers later killed a 10'9" and 6'
- Lake County, Florida - June 18th 2003, 12 year old
Brian Griffin was attacked while swimming near a boat ramp on the
Dead River. The alligator was 10'4" long 339 pounds and was
subsequently destroyed along with several other large gators.
- Sanibel Island, Florida - June 2004, 54 year old Janie
Melsek was attacked and killed by a 12 foot long, 457 pound
alligator, while working on landscaping.
- Lee County, Florida - 20 year old Michelle Reeves was
killed by a 7'11" male alligator when she went swimming after
midnight in a retention pond at Lee Memorial Health Park
- Lakeland, Florida - March 15th 2005, fishermen
discovered the body of 56 year old Don Owen about 12 miles from
his home, he had been missing since March 9th. Trappers later
caught an 8'9" 300 pound alligator that had Mr. Owens forearm in
it's stomach. It was later determined that the alligator had been
fed by area residents which is illegal.
- Port Charlotte, Florida - July 15 2005, Kevin Albert
Murray, 41, was swimming in the Apollo Waterway when a 12-foot
alligator attacked and killed him.
- Sunrise Florida - May 10, 2006 Yovy Suarez Jimenez, 28,
went out for an evening jog and was last seen dangling her feet
over the water of a canal near her home. Her partially consumed
body was found in the canal the following morning.
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