Crews recover body from alligator-infested pond

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However, the Sheriff's Office has not confirmed the identity of the body or whether it appeared the body suffered injuries consistent with an alligator attack.

A body found in a Florida retention pond where divers were searching for a teenager who possibly drowned after an alligator attack did not have any signs of an alligator bite, authorities said Thursday morning at a news conference.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission stated yesterday that the agency received a report of a missing 15-year-old, but also has not announced if the recovered body is the missing teen.

The name and age of the victim found Thursday morning were not released, but sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson said she was a black or Hispanic woman in her late teens to early 20s. "I wouldn't go swimming back there cause I've seen them", said one neighbor. He saw an alligator in the area two days ago. "It bit me!" Officials talked to people who live in the area who told them that they reported seeing a 6-foot alligator in the pond in the past.

"(I) had eyes on him the whole time and relayed his position to dispatch", Wolfe told WKMG, "and he went under water and didn't come up".

Crews suspected an alligator pulled the teen under water. The lake is fenced off with "No Trespassing" signs.

"I used to fish in there".

Ruben Perez lives a block away from the retention pond.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted later Thursday that the body was that of a woman.

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