FORT MEADE, Florida – A Florida man died of a methamphetamine overdose and was not killed by the alligator that was feeding on him, according to an autopsy report.
The man’s floating body and an alligator with a portion of his body in its mouth were discovered on June 27, 2019, near County Road 630 in Fort Meade, Florida in Polk County.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers were able to capture and kill the 11-foot, 449-pound gator.
When a necropsy was performed, the left hand and right foot of 45-year-old Michael Ford were discovered inside the alligator’s stomach.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office theorized that the Florida man drowned before being eaten by the alligator, NBC reported.
However, the results of an autopsy performed by the State of Florida Medical Examiner’s Office later revealed that Ford had overdosed on methamphetamine.
Alligators are opportunistic predators with an indiscriminate appetite that includes fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and even fruit.