Man’s arm found inside alligator as authorities search for missing grandad

A man was eaten by an alligator just two weeks after he survived Hurricane Ida's rampage.

Timothy Satterlee, 71, died after vanishing when he was spotted grappling with an alligator in his backyard, The Times reported.

His wife said she saw him wrestling with the terrifying creature before hearing a splash, at which point his arm was pulled off.

That clue has led investigators to suspect an alligator of finishing Satterlee off, with a human arm thought to be his found inside the beast.

The 12ft, 504lb alligator thought responsible has since been captured and killed by hunters, with the arm spotted after it was caught in a trap.

Satterlee was ambushed by the alligator in the growing waters around his New Orleans, Louisiana home on August 30.

The alligator hunt was led by federal and state wildlife agents plus cops from the local St Tammany parish sheriff's office.

Hurricane Ida has torn through the American South, causing at least 28 deaths and leaving thousands of homes without power as temperatures soared above 41C.

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The alligator was captured Monday morning and searched later that day, revealing what appeared to be a human arm inside its stomach.

Authorities are now trying to determine if the remains belong to Satterlee.

Sheriff Randy Smith said: “This is a horrible tragedy and my sincere condolences and sympathy goes to the Satterlee family.

"I know today's findings does not bring their loved one back, but hopefully this can bring them some sort of closure.

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"I am very proud of the hard, non-stop work, of my deputies and the other agencies who assisted, and I hope their persistence in finding this alligator will help the family with coping with their loss.

"We will continue to keep them in our prayers.”

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