Fatal Alligator Attacks that Occurred in the United States

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Name, age, gender


Location, Comments

Annemarie Campbell, 23, female

May 14, 2006

Her body was pulled out of an alligator's mouth on this date by friends and relatives in a springhead at Juniper Wayside Park in the Ocala National Forest near Lake George in Marion County, Florida. She had been attacked while snorkeling. Autopsy results confirmed that Campbell died from drowning and multiple blunt-force injuries including lacerations on her head, neck and upper torso, and multiple rib fractures.


Judy W. Cooper, 43, female


May 14, 2006


Her body was found on this date in a canal in Pinellas County, Florida, 20 miles north of St. Petersburg. She had been in the water for about 3 days. Preliminary autopsy results indicate a fatal alligator attack. The official cause of death is pending – awaiting the release of autopsy results.



Yovy Suarez Jiménez, 28, female



May 10, 2006



Construction workers found her dismembered body on this date floating in a canal between Markham County Park and State Road 84 in Sunrise, Florida. Authorities later captured the 9' 6" alligator that killed her during her nightly jog on May 9. The Broward County medical examiner concluded that she was attacked on land and dragged into the canal.

Kevin Albert Murray, 41, male

July 15, 2005



Killed while swimming in the Apollo waterway in Port Charlotte, Florida by a 12' 2" alligator.

Don Owen, 56, male

March 15, 2005



Fishermen discovered the body of Owen on this date about 12 miles from his Lakeland, Florida home. He had been missing since March 9. Trappers later caught an 8' 9" alligator and recovered body parts from Owen.

Michelle Reeves, 20, female

September 26, 2004



Killed by a 7' 11" alligator while swimming in a retention pond at Lee Memorial Health Park in


Janie Milsek, 54, female


June 21, 2004



Attacked by a 12' 3" alligator while working on landscaping along Poinciana Circle Sanibel, Florida. She later died in surgery.


Brian Griffin, 12, male


June 18, 2003



Killed by a 10' 4" alligator while swimming in the Dead River near a boat ramp; the river connects Lakes Harris and Eustis in Lake County, Florida.


Robert Steele, 82, male


September 11, 2001



Attacked by an alligator while walking his dog on a trail between two wetland areas in the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge near Sanibel, Florida. Steele bled to death after his leg was bitten off below the knee.


Alexandria Murphy, 2, female


June 23, 2001



Killed after wandering away from her home on Lake Cannon, Polk County, Florida. A deputy sheriff found her body 700 feet from her home at the edge of the lake.


Samuel Wetmore, 70, male



May 4, 2001




Killed in a pond near his residence in Venice, Sarasota County, Florida by an 8' 4" alligator. Wetmore suffered from dementia and had wandered from his home.



Name, age, gender


Location, Comments


Adam Binford, 3, male


March 21, 1997


Killed by an 11-foot alligator after straying outside a roped-off area in Lake Ashby, Volusia County, Florida. Wildlife officials shot the alligator, which was still holding the lifeless body of the boy 20 hours later.


Grace Eberhart, 70, female


October 3, 1993


Killed by one or more alligators at Lake Serenity, Sumter County, Florida. She died of a broken neck caused by an alligator bite to the throat and head.


Bradley Weidenhamer, 10, male


June 19, 1993


Killed while wading in the Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County, Florida.



Name, age, gender


Location, Comments


Erin Glover, 4, female


June 4, 1988


Killed while walking along the shore of Hidden Lake, Charlotte County, Florida.


George Cummings III, 29, male


July 13, 1987


Killed while snorkeling in the Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla County, Florida by an 11-foot alligator.


Robert Crespo, 11, male


August 6, 1984


Killed by a 12' 4" alligator while swimming in a canal in St. Lucie County, Florida.



Name, age, gender


Location, Comments


Phillip Rastrelli, 14, male


September 10, 1978


Killed while swimming across the Hidden River Canal off Bessie Creek in Martin County, Florida.


George Leonard, 52, male


September 28, 1977


Killed while swimming in the Peace River Canal, Charlotte County, Florida.


Sharon Holmes, 16, female


August 16, 1973


Killed while swimming in the Myakka River at Oscar Scherer State Park, Sarasota County, Florida by an 11' 3" alligator.