DAVIE (CBSMiami) – Police in Davie, Florida are searching for a missing woman after a reported alligator attack.
Davie police confirm that a woman is missing in the area of 56th Street and SW 52nd Avenue, she was walking her dogs in Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park at the time of the attack. The area is just west of the Turnpike and north of Stirling Road.
“We got a phone call earlier from a person who was in the park. He had seen a woman walking two dogs and a short time later he sees that the dogs were by themselves and one of them had a fresh injury on it,” said Davie Detective Viviana Gallinal.
The woman’s dogs have been turned over to animal control for the time being.
An animal trapper was called in to locate and capture the gator. They spotted one that was about 12 feet long and were keeping an eye on it.
The park is very popular. People go there to walk, walk their dogs and picnic. There are two lakes at the park and the reported attack happened in what is referred to as the North Lake.
Edwin Gomez is at the park nearly every day.
“I saw the gator yesterday. A gator responds to a human in a natural way. It’s sad to hear someone got hit by the gator,” he said.
The park is surrounded by homes. Neighbors say they often see people walking their dogs around the lakes and have even seen kids go swimming in them.