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05/31/2016 10:03 am ET

Investigation Underway After Alligators Found Eating Human Body In Canal

"Could it be a homicide, could it be a suicide, could it be natural, a fisherman? We don’t know," police said.

A pair of fishermen made a gruesome discovery Monday when they found two alligators feasting on a human body in a southeast Florida canal, police said.

Officers responded with assault rifles and gator trappers after getting a 911 call from the fishermen around 6 p.m. near the Everglades, Davie police told the Sun Sentinel.

Authorities initially were unable to identify the sex of the body, and they approximated that it had been in the water for at least a few days. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has since identified the body as a man.

A Davie police officer is seen carrying a firearm as officers investigate a body found in a canal.
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A Davie police officer is seen carrying a firearm as officers investigate a body found in a canal.

Exactly how the individual died remains unknown, but the Broward County Medical Examiner is conducting an investigation, the Sentinel reported.

“What happened to them? How did they end up here? Could it be a homicide, could it be a suicide, could it be natural, a fisherman? We don’t know. That’s what the next step is to figure that out,” Police Sgt. Pablo Castaneda told CBS Miami.

Requests for comment from police, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation and the medical examiner were not immediately returned.

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