Autopsy results: Man found eaten by alligator died of meth overdose

9 month ago

Fort Meade news, Florida news.

Autopsy results released on Wednesday confirmed that the man whose body was partially eaten by an alligator has actually died of "methamphetamine intoxication."

Michael Ford, 45, was found floating in a canal near Fort Meade on June 27. A witness called police after spotting a piece of the man's body in the mouth of an alligator.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have initially believed Ford died as a result of drowning but continued investigating the death.

The alligator was trapped and killed by authorities and a necropsy revealed that Ford's hand and foot were eaten by the reptile that attacked the body after death.