A 90-year-old woman who had vanished from her assisted living facility was found dead in a nearby pond after being killed by an alligator attack, authorities said.
Bonnie Walker was reported missing on Wednesday morning before being found dead three hours later in a retention pond behind the Brookdale Senior Living Facility, where she was a resident.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office ruled that Walker’s death was accidental and caused by “multiple sharp and blunt force injuries,” according to WBTW News 13. It is likely that Walker slipped, fell down a steep embankment, and landed in the water, attracting the attention of the alligator, who was removed from the pond on Friday.
The Department of Natural Resources believes this is the first alligator related fatality in South Carolina’s entire history.
Alligators have been wreaking havoc in recent months, with this death coming on the heels of a deadly June alligator attack of a two-year-old boy at Disney World.