Body found in retention pond where teen yelled 'it bit me'

Glen Norman
May 11, 2018

Although authorities havent yet found the swimmer, the original call was "credible", said Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Sheriffs Office.

The caller also said he heard the person scream "it bit me, it bit me", Williamson said.

However, the Sheriff's Office has not confirmed the identity of the body or whether it appeared the body suffered injuries consistent with an alligator attack.

Crews from the sheriff's office, fire rescue and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will continue to canvass the area.

The boy had been seen flailing in a pond in Orange County, Florida, and screaming, "It bit me!"

Officials say a body was found in an Orlando pond Thursday after reports of a possible gator attack on Wednesday. The search began when a witness told police someone had gone under the water in a fenced-off retention pond after yelling, "It bit me". The teen eventually went underwater and didn't resurface.

Crews on Wednesday used sonar devices for hours trying to find the alleged victim. He saw an alligator in the area two days ago.

The body was recovered at approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning about 15 to 20 yards from where a resident reported seeing someone flailing in the water on Wednesday. During that period, a little more than 300 unprovoked alligator bites to people have been documented in Florida, with 22 resulting in deaths.

Ruben Perez lives a block away from the retention pond.

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