Search continues for Louisiana man whose arm was torn off by alligator

Authorities are still looking for a 71-year-old Louisiana man who went missing after an alligator tore his arm off inside his shed, which was flooded during Hurricane Ida.

Timothy Satterlee was attacked by the scaly beast on Monday at his home in Slidell, where his shed was under several feet of water during the storm surge near Lake Pontchartrain.

Timothy Satterlee who was bitten by an alligator in the flood waters in Slidell, Louisiana.
Timothy Satterlee was attacked by the scaly beast on Monday at his home in Slidell.

Search crews have used a cadaver dog in their search for the victim, St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s Capt. Lance Vitter said Thursday.

“They searched until it got dark yesterday, and unfortunately we still haven’t located Mr. Satterlee,” Vitter said. “There is a high probability that he is deceased, but we can’t make that call until we recover the body.”

When Satterlee’s wife heard splashing Monday, she walked outside their home to see the gator attacking her husband, officials said.

She managed to pulled him away from the animal before running to call for help but was forced to take a boat due to the high waters and lack of cell service, WWL-TV reported.

When she returned, Satterless was missing.

Neighbors said large alligators are common in the area, near the Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge, because some residents feed them.

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