Remains of man who went missing during Hurricane Ida found in 504-pound alligator, coroner says


LIDELL, La. (WGNO) — The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that they had positively identified the remains found in an alligator’s stomach as Timothy Satterlee, Sr.

According to St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston, Satterlee was attacked by an alligator on Aug. 30 near his home in Avery Estates. Two weeks later, authorities captured the 504-pound gator believed responsible for the attack. Once euthanized, the alligator’s stomach contents revealed human remains.

Using advanced DNA technology, Preston’s staff was able to make an 11-point DNA match with Satterlee’s children.

“For legal purposes, a 16-point match is the general standard,” said Preston. “In this case, given the circumstances, I am satisfied that an 11-point match confirms these are Mr. Satterlee’s remains.”

Preston and his team are continuing the scientific effort to positively identify the remains.

Preston added, “We have cataloged hair and other samples from Mr. Satterlee’s home and will attempt to make a full and complete DNA match,” Preston said. “We offer our sympathies to Mr. Satterlee’s family as they continue to deal with this tragic loss.”

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