Authorities in Florida have identified Sabrina Peckham, as the homeless woman whose remains were found in the mouth of a 13ft alligator in Florida.
The victim, 41-year-old Sabrina Peckham, was found in the jaws of the alligator after being dragged by the 14-foot beast into a canal on Friday in Largo, Clearwater.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the incident following a witness account of the grisly encounter.
The animal was “humanely killed”, the sheriff’s office said, and the coroner’s office will perform a post-mortem examination to determine the official cause of death, but it is suspected Ms Peckham was killed by the alligator.
Sabrina Peckham’s daughter, Breauna Dorris, took to Facebook to dispel rumors that her mother had been provoking the reptile.
Breauna Dorris wrote on Facebook: “Some details I would like to share is that my mother did not ‘taunt’ the alligator as some are saying in the news outlets comments.
“My mother was a part of the homeless population that lived in the nearby wooded area.
“It is believed that she may have been walking to or from her campsite near the creek in the dark and the alligator attacked from the water.”
She added: “No matter how you put it, no one deserves to die like this.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Sabrina Peckham to raise money for funeral costs, which has raised nearly $6,000 so far.”
Witness ‘threw a rock at the alligator’
The alligator was spotted by Jamarcus Bullard, who saw the reptile and a body in the water on Friday afternoon.
“I threw a rock at the gator just to see if it was really a gator,” he told a TV affiliate of NBC News, Sky News’ US partner network.
“It pulled the body, like it was holding on to the lower part of the torso, and pulled it under the water.”