It could be several weeks before we know the cause of death of the body seen yesterday in the mouth of an alligator in Lake Hunter. An autopsy was conducted this morning, but the results won’t be released until a toxicology report is finished, the Medical Examiner’s Office told the Orlando Sentinel  and that could take up to a month, People magazine reported.

Meanwhile, Lakeland police say a 9-foot alligator killed by a state-hired trapper at Lake Hunter last night had human remains in its stomach whose DNA that matched the body found in the lake. There’s no word yet on the identity of the body. The body appeared to have been in the lake at least a day, police said.

Here’s how the story continued to unfold today:

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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