Broward County

Two alligators feast on a corpse in Broward canal

Police responded to a call Monday about a scene straight from a South Florida crime novel — a body was found being eaten by two alligators in a canal on the edge of Everglades.

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Davie police found exactly that when they arrived at 7101 U.S. 27, on the western edge of the town of Southwest Ranches. Two alligators — a big one, and a little one — were eating a corpse that had not been identified. Authorities have not determined if the body belonged to a man or a woman. Nor did police know the cause of death.

“The body has been in the water for a while,” said Capt. Dale Engle, spokesman for Davie police.

After working with trappers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservations Commission to handle the alligators, a dive team pulled the body from the canal late Monday. Officials continue to investigate the death and the person’s identity.

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

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