LARGA, FL (AP) – On Wednesday, authorities discovered a man who died after investigators believe he crept into a lake inhabited by alligators to find frisbees and other flying discs for sale.
Largo police said 47-year-old Sean Thomas McGuinness was walking a dog on Lake Taylor Park on Tuesday morning. Although the exact cause of death is unknown, police said it was clear that McGuinness “suffered injuries related to alligators in the lake.”
Authorities said McGuinness frequently visited Taylor Park, where there is a golf course near the lake. It was there that McGuinness found frisbees and other CDs that he could resell.
It is unclear whether McGuinness was killed by an alligator or one of the reptiles found him after his death. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Committee said two alligators were trapped – one 10 feet (3 meters) long and the other eight feet (2.4 meters) – but the autopsy showed nothing of McGuinness’s death.
“Efforts are under way to monitor additional alligators in the area,” the commission said in a statement.
The Wildlife Commission says there have been no fatal alligator attacks in Florida since 2019, although people and animals have sometimes been bitten. Signs on Lake Taylor Park warn of alligators and that people should not swim there.