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Authorities say Florida body found in pond is unrelated to gator attack

By
Sommer Brokaw

May 10 (UPI) -- A body recovered Thursday from a central Florida pond was not the boy reportedly pulled under water by a gator the day before, officials said.

Orange County sheriff's deputies and other Florida search and rescue personnel searched since Wednesday for a boy in a retention pond after reports that an alligator pulled him into the water, News 6 reported.

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But the body they recovered in the same pond the following morning was a young woman and showed no sign of a gator attack. Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson said in an Orlando Sentinel report.

The body was "in perfect condition," Williamson told the newspaper. "There's no sign of any bites or any damage to the body of any kind."

Authorities said they found a six-foot alligator, but determined it was too small to seriously damage a human.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate the boy's disappearance, as well as the dead woman's identity.

"We are working to ID the female found deceased floating in an east Orange County retention pond, the sheriff's office said in a statement on its website. "No trauma to the body. No missing persons reports. We do not know how the female got into fenced retention pond. It is possible the victim was homeless."

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