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POSTED: October 26, 2007 5:00 a.m.

Alligator that killed woman in Ga. caught

 

SAVANNAH -- An alligator that killed an elderly woman was captured in the same pond where passers-by found the woman's body last weekend, Savannah-Chatham County police said Wednesday.

Jack Douglas, a licensed alligator trapper, caught the 8-foot alligator late Tuesday on Skidaway Island in east Savannah.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources sent Douglas to hunt for the large reptile hours after an autopsy confirmed 83-year-old Gwen Williams died from blood loss caused by an alligator attack.

A couple found her body — missing its left arm, right hand and right foot — in the pond Saturday near the home where Williams was house-sitting for relatives. Police said Williams was from Canada, but did not know which city.

Douglas confirmed the captured alligator was the same one that attacked Williams by cutting it open to examine the contents of its stomach, police said.

Williams was the first person known to have been killed by an alligator in Georgia since 1980, according to Jim Simmons, a senior wildlife biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

 

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