Texas woman found dead in alligator's mouth in Horsepen Bayou in Clear Lake, Texas, Houston police say

CLEAR LAKE, Texas — A woman's body was found in the mouth of an alligator in the Houston area on Tuesday morning.

Houston police were searching for a woman reported missing when they found human remains on the banks of Horsepen Bayou near El Dorado and Park Estates. An HPD sergeant shot the alligator to prevent it from causing further damage to the body.

A neighbor sent ABC13 some photos of the police response.

In a statement to ABC affiliate KTRK in Houston, Maggie Berger, a spokeswoman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division, wrote: “On May 28, Texas game wardens assisted the Houston Police Department (HPD) in recovering human remains found near an alligator. The woman's cause of death has not yet been determined. HPD is currently investigating the incident and will be the lead agency. Our thoughts are with the woman's family during this time.”

An autopsy will determine how the woman died. The Houston Police Department's Homicide Unit has been assigned to the case.

“They live down there. We see babies that are 8 to 10 feet long. I know which banks to stay away from and where they like to sunbathe,” said Angela Derous after fishing in the bayou Tuesday night. “This is the first time I've heard of something like this happening down here. It's a little scary.”

Fatal alligator attacks are very rare in Texas. The last one occurred in Orange in 2015. A 28-year-old man died while swimming in Adams Bayou. It was the first fatal attack in more than 90 years.

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