South Carolina man found in pond wasn't killed by alligator

The 5-year-old victim and her grandfather were swimming at a Florida recreation area when an alligator attacked the girl from behind and bit her leg, according to her grandfather. (Source: US Air Force/MGN)
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man found dead in a pond with alligator bites did not die in a gator attack.

News outlets are reporting that an autopsy completed Tuesday on 79-year-old John Elias shows he died of natural causes on Saturday before being bitten by the alligator.

A Charleston County Sheriff's report says Elias was doing yard work by a lake behind his house when he went missing.

Search crews found his body hours later. The alligator was found and killed on Sunday.

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