Joe Diaz reported an alligator with a body in its mouth near Lake Hunter by calling 911 as soon as he noticed what happened: “I noticed something bobbing in the water just over here. At first I thought it was a tire or something just from the looks of it. I noticed there was a gator on it because he kind of took it up and rolled it”.
Short time after the report a trapper got to the scene and caught the gator. Investigators are not sure if the man was killed by the gator or if he previously drowned and was only later found by the reptile. By examining the decomposition degree of the body authorities estimated that the body had been in the water for at least a couple of days.