A 22-year-old burglary suspect who was hiding from cops in Florida met quite the unfortunate end last month.
Matthew Riggins was reportedly killed — and partially eaten — by an aggro alligator in Melbourne’s Barefoot Bay Lake in November. Investigators found some of the man’s remains inside a massive alligator that had recently been euthanized after it acted aggressively toward officials.
It all started on Nov. 13, when, according to USA Today, Riggins told his girlfriend he’d be heading out to Barefoot Bay to go on a little burgling spree with a buddy (the friend is now in custody). Police responded to calls from witnesses who reportedly spotted two men in black prowling behind local homes. (By then, Riggins had reportedly called his girlfriend back to tell her he was laying low and trying to hide.)
Though officers heard “yelling” when they searched the area later that evening, they couldn’t find the source of the cries, and they didn’t see the prowlers.
That all changed 10 days later, when Riggins’ body was discovered in the lake with injuries consistent with an alligator attack. Which makes sense, because divers reportedly encountered none other than an aggressive 11-foot alligator while recovering the suspect’s body.
Riggins drowned during the brutal attack after being dragged underwater by the creature. His body had “injuries that were consistent with an alligator attack,” according to Maj. Tod Goodyear. “We had trappers euthanize the gator and when we opened it up, there were some remains inside that were consistent with injuries found on the body.”