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Man found eaten by alligator actually died of meth overdose

An alligator ignores the small fish swimming nearby as it awaits its next opportunity for a meal in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida on Oct. 30, 2019. A fishing line dangles from the reptile's mouth. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP)
An alligator ignores the small fish swimming nearby as it awaits its next opportunity for a meal in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida on Oct. 30, 2019. A fishing line dangles from the reptile's mouth. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP)
Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Fla. – Florida officials say a man who was found partially eaten by an alligator in June actually died of a meth overdose.

According to an autopsy report from a central Florida medical examiner, Michael Glenn Ford II had methamphetamine in his system when he died, and that was the cause of his death.

The body of the 45-year-old was found in a canal on private property in June in Polk County, halfway between Tampa and Orlando.

Ford’s hand and foot were found inside the gator’s stomach. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission trapped and killed the alligator to perform the necropsy.

Medical Examiner Stephen Nelson wrote in a report dated Nov. 27 that Ford’s injuries and amputations lacked the “sufficient associated bleeding to suggest they were made while alive.”

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