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Crocodile kills man in Ladyville Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Carl Michael Diaz, a 42 year-old resident of Benque Viejo, who has family living in Ladyville, is at the KHMH morgue awaiting a post-mortem, and at this time, it is believed that he died from a crocodile mauling.

 It happened at around 3 p.m. on Monday, March 7, on a private property known as the Green Estate in the Lord’s Bank/Ladyville area. Someone heard him screaming, and when they went looking, they found Diaz near a pond all the way to the back of the property. He was already dead at the time, and there were signs that a crocodile attacked him. A minor is believed to have witnessed part of the attack, but he was too traumatized to speak with police at the time when they approached him.

 Diaz was found on the bank of the pond with fishes he had caught in a small sack. He had injuries all over his body, but most notably, his right foot was almost severed; there were bite marks also on his legs which suggested an animal attack. There was also blood in the grass nearby, and animal tracks believed to be those of a crocodile.

 Vince Rose, one of the experts from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), has been dispatched with his team to try to capture this crocodile. Rose told the media that for this crocodile to have attacked a human being, his behaviour must have been altered by persons offering it food or leaving behind scraps, which made it lose its fear of humans.