FORT MEADE, Fla. – An alligator ate a man's hand and foot in a Polk County canal on Mosaic estate.

On June 27, a mosaic worker found the man's body in the water with streets holding it according to a 911 call. It was in a hydraulic ditch from Peeples Road and near the CR 630, near the old Fort Meade mine.

When deputies arrived, the gate was nearby, but had slipped. The body was pulled out of the canal, and a FWC annoying alligator staircase arrived to remove 11-foot, 10-inch alligator from the water.

Polk County Sheriff's Office identified the man as the 45-year-old Michael Ford II from Wauchula. He had injuries from the alligator. His apparent cause of death was drowning, although the ultimate cause and cause of death is pending toxicological results, according to a press release from PCSO. A body of the alligator found the man's hand and foot in the stomach.

Deputies shot a truck found on the scene that belonged to Ford's friend who had recently agreed to sell it to Ford. Neither friend nor Ford's family had heard from him since June 23.

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