List of fatal alligator attacks in the United States

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This is a list of fatal alligator attacks in the United States in reverse chronological order by decade. All occurred in the Southeast, where alligators are endemic to wetlands and tidal marshes.


Name, age, sex Date Location and comments
Rose Marie Wiegand, 80s, female[1] July 15, 2022 The victim fell into a pond along a golf course in Englewood, Florida, and was attacked by two alligators.[2]
Micheal Burstein, 75, male June 24, 2022 The victim was dragged into a pond in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The victim's body was recovered later and a subsequent post-mortem established that Mr Burstein drowned.[3]
Sean McGuinness, 47, male May 31, 2022 The victim was attacked while trying to retrieve frisbee golf discs in the lake at John S. Taylor Park in Largo, Florida. Police believed McGuinness had entered the lake during nighttime hours, as his body did not appear to have been in the lake for a long period when a person walking their dog discovered it along the shoreline with its arm torn off around 8am.[4]
Timothy Satterlee, 71, male August 30, 2021 The victim was attacked in floodwaters of Hurricane Ida near the city of Slidell, Louisiana, which is just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. The attack was witnessed by the victim's wife, who said the alligator bit his arm off.[5][6] A 12-foot-long alligator believed to have attacked Satterlee was captured and killed on September 13, 2021. Human remains were found in its stomach.[7] Although Louisiana, like Florida, has approximately 1.5 million alligators, this may have been the first fatal alligator attack in the state since 1774 during the Spanish colonial period before statehood.[8]
Cynthia Covert, 58, female May 1, 2020 The victim was pulled under and drowned by an alligator in a pond behind a home near Salt Cedar Lane, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.[9][10]


Name, age, sex Date Location and comments
Cassandra Cline, 45, female August 20, 2018 Dragged to her death while walking her dog near a golf course in the gated community of Sea Pines in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Witnesses said Cline was attempting to protect her dog when the alligator pulled her into a lagoon. The dog was unharmed.[11]
Shizuka Matsuki, 47, female June 8, 2018 Dragged to her death and dismembered while walking dogs at the Silver Lake Rotary Nature Park in Davie, Florida.[12]
Bonnie Walker, 90, female July 29, 2016 Walker's body was found in a retention pond near Brookdale Senior Living Center in Charleston, South Carolina. According to coroners, she died from "multiple sharp and blunt force injuries" that are consistent with those inflicted by an alligator.[13]
Lane Graves, 2, male June 14, 2016 An alligator, 4 to 7 feet long, dragged the victim under water in the Seven Seas Lagoon about 9pm on June 14, 2016, at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa just outside of Orlando, Florida. His father and mother tried to rescue him; the father was attacked by a second alligator. The victim's body was found nearby the next day, intact and apparently drowned.[14][15][16][17]
Richard Zachary Taylor, 72, male on or about June 5, 2016 Police recovered Taylor's body after a report of an alligator with a body in its mouth near Lake Hunter in Lakeland, Florida. A trapper responded a short time later and eventually caught the alligator. Detectives do not know whether Taylor drowned or was killed by the reptile. His body was decomposed, indicating he had been in the water a couple of days or longer. Remains found inside the alligator during a necropsy were a match to Taylor.[18]
Matthew Riggins, 22, male on or about November 13, 2015 A police dive team found the victim's body in a pond in Micco, Florida Barefoot Bay community in Brevard County ten days after he was reported missing. Riggins, who had been burglarizing homes in the area, was attacked and partially eaten by an 11-foot (3.4 meters) alligator.[19][20]
James Okkerse, 62, male October 19, 2015 Okkerse was killed while swimming/snorkeling by a 12-foot (3.7 meters) alligator at Blue Spring State Park near Orange City, Florida. The final cause of death was determined by the Volusia County medical examiner's office in consultation with a forensic odontologist from a neighboring county who specializes in animal bites.[21][22][23]
Tommie Woodward, 28, male July 4, 2015 After an 11-foot alligator appeared at Burkarts Marina in Orange, Texas, bystanders were told to stay out of the water. Tommie Woodward mocked the alligator and jumped into the water in close proximity to the alligator and was immediately pulled underwater; his body was later found with severe trauma to the chest. This was the first recorded fatal alligator attack in Texas since 1836.[24]


Name, age, sex Date Location and comments
Justo Padron, 36, male November 13, 2007 A man fleeing police by jumping into a retention pond adjacent to the Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center near Miami was killed by a 9-foot 3-inch (2.8 m) alligator.[25][26][27]
Gwen Williams, 83, female October 5, 2007 A Canadian woman who had been house sitting for her daughter at The Landings on Skidaway Island, east of Savannah, Georgia, was spotted floating in a lagoon 500 feet (200 m) behind her daughter's house. Autopsy results and a necropsy of the animal established that she had been attacked and killed by an 8-foot (2.5 m) alligator.[28][29][30]
Annemarie Campbell, 23, female May 14, 2006 Her body was pulled out of an alligator's mouth by friends and relatives in a springhead at Juniper Wayside Park in the Ocala National Forest near Lake George in Marion County, Florida. She had been attacked while snorkeling. Autopsy results confirmed that Campbell died from drowning and multiple blunt-force injuries including lacerations on her head, neck and upper torso, and multiple rib fractures. Officials later captured and killed an 11-foot 4-inch (3.5 m), 407 pound alligator that they were able to positively identify as the one that attacked Campbell due to scratches around its eyes that she inflicted while attempting to defend herself.[31][32][33][34]
Judy W. Cooper, 43, female May 14, 2006 Her body was found in a canal near Oldsmar in Pinellas County, Florida, 20 miles (30 km) north of St. Petersburg. She had been in the water for about three days. Preliminary autopsy results indicated a fatal alligator attack. Her arm and hand were later recovered from an 8.5-foot (2.6 m) alligator.[31][33][34]
Yovy Suarez Jiménez, 28, female May 10, 2006 Her dismembered body was found floating in a canal between Markham County Park and State Road 84 in Sunrise, Florida. She was killed while jogging the previous evening by a 9' 6" (3 m) alligator; her arms were found in the animal's digestive tract during necropsy. and the Broward County medical examiner concluded that she was attacked on land and dragged into the canal.[31][33][34][35]
Kevin Albert Murray, 41, male July 15, 2005 He was killed while swimming in the Apollo waterway in Port Charlotte, Florida by a 12' 2" (3.7 m) alligator.[35][36][37]
Don Owen, 56, male March 15, 2005 Fishermen discovered Owen's body about 12 miles (19 km) from his Lakeland, Florida home. He had been missing since March 9. Trappers later caught an 8' 9" (2.7 m) alligator and recovered some of Owen's body parts.[35]
Michelle Reeves, 20, female September 26, 2004 She was killed by a 7' 11" (2.4 m) alligator while swimming in a retention pond at Lee Memorial Health Park in Lee County, Florida.[35][37]
Janie Melsek, 54, female June 21, 2004 She was attacked by a 12' 3" (3.7 m) alligator while working on landscaping along Poinciana Circle Sanibel, Florida. She later died in surgery from an infection acquired from being in the water with open wounds.[35][37][38]
Brian Griffin, 12, male June 18, 2003 He was killed by a 10' 4" (3.1 m) alligator while swimming in the Dead River near a boat ramp; the river connects Lakes Harris and Eustis in Lake County, Florida.[35][37][39]
Robert Steele, 81, male September 11, 2001 He was attacked by an alligator while walking his dog on a trail between two wetland areas near the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel, Florida. Steele bled to death after his leg was bitten off below the knee.[35][37]
Alexandria Murphy, 2, female June 23, 2001 She wandered away from her fenced back yard and was killed 700 feet from her home on Lake Cannon in Winter Haven, Florida.[35][37]
Samuel Wetmore, 70, male May 4, 2001 He was killed in a pond near his residence in Venice, Sarasota County, Florida by an 8' 4" (2.5 m) alligator. Wetmore suffered from dementia and had wandered from his home.[35][37]


Name, age, sex Date Location and comments
Adam Binford, 3, male March 21, 1997 He was killed by an 11-foot (3.4 m) alligator after straying outside a roped-off area in Lake Ashby, Volusia County, Florida. Wildlife officials shot the alligator, which was still holding the lifeless body of the boy 20 hours later.[35][37]
Grace Eberhart, 70, female October 3, 1993 She was killed by one or more alligators at Lake Serenity, Sumter County, Florida. She died of a broken neck caused by an alligator bite to the throat and head.[35][37]
Bradley Weidenhamer, 10, male June 19, 1993 He was killed while wading in the Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County, Florida.[35][37]


Name, age, sex Date Location and comments
Erin Glover, 4, female June 4, 1988 She was killed while walking along the shore of Hidden Lake, Charlotte County, Florida.[35][37]
George Cummings III, 29, male July 13, 1987 He was killed while snorkeling in the Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla County, Florida by an 11-foot (3.4 m) alligator.[35][37]
Paul Mirabito, 27, male May 4, 1985 He was killed while diving and harassing small alligators in a canal near West Palm Beach, Florida.[40]
Robert Crespo, 11, male August 6, 1984 He was killed by a 12' 4" (3.8 m) alligator while swimming in a canal in St. Lucie County, Florida.[35][37]


Name, age, sex Date Location and comments
Phillip Rastrelli, 14, male September 10, 1978 He was killed while swimming across the Hidden River Canal off Bessie Creek in Martin County, Florida.[35][37]
George Leonard, 52, male September 28, 1977 He was killed while swimming in the Peace River Canal, Charlotte County, Florida.[35][37]
Sharon Holmes, 16, female August 16, 1973 She was killed while swimming at the Oscar Scherer State Park, Sarasota County, Florida, by an 11' 3" (3.4 m) alligator.[35][37]

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