Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner has pleaded for help for residents of the small town, which is roughly 20 miles south of New Orleans. Many stores remain closed and services suspended as power throughout New Orleans and its surrounding region is down. Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on August 29 in Louisiana and brought flooding and wind damage along the...

In this photo from September 1, 2021, a mailbox is seen in floodwater in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana. Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner has pleaded for help for residents of the small town, which is roughly 20 miles south of New Orleans. Many stores remain closed and services suspended as power throughout New Orleans and its surrounding region is down. Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 29 in Louisiana and brought flooding and wind damage along the Gulf Coast.

A massive alligator suspected of attacking and killing a man as he waded through floodwaters caused by Hurricane Ida has been caught, according to officials in southeast Louisiana.

Authorities trapped the animal — a scaly beast measuring 12 feet and weighing 504 pounds — on Monday morning in Slidell, La., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

Once caught, the gator was found to have “what appears to be human remains” in its gut, according to deputies.

Officials had spotted the gator in a waterway near where it’s believed to have attacked “and apparently killed” 71-year-old Timothy Satterlee Sr. last month, one day after Hurricane Ida ripped through the region.

Satterlee’s wife said she was in their home when she heard a “commotion” outside, McClatchy News reported, citing a police report. She ran outside to find a “large alligator attacking her husband” and tried wrestling him from the grips of the animal’s jaws.

She pulled him from the water and onto the front steps of their home, where she left him and went to seek help. When she returned, he was gone.

“This is a horrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee family,” St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said in a statement Monday. “I know today’s findings (do) not bring their loved one back, but hopefully this can bring them some sort of closure.”

The parish coroner’s office will work to determine if the remains found in the alligator are Satterlee’s.

“We will continue to keep them in our prayers,” Smith added.

The Charlotte Observer

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