Courtesy: WSAV Staff
Authorities have identified a woman believed to be killed Monday morning by an alligator in Sea Pines Plantation.
The Beaufort County Coroner has identified her as Cassandra Cline, 45 of Hilton Head Island.
A forensic autopsy has been scheduled to determine the official cause of death.
According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, deputies along with the Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue and Sea Pines Security responded to a lagoon off Wood Duck Road around 9:30 a.m. for a report of an alligator attacking a woman inside of a lagoon.
According to a report, when they arrived, fire personnel located the deceased woman inside of the lagoon and recovered her body.
Witnesses say the woman was walking her dog near the lagoon when she was attacked and pulled underwater by the alligator.
The woman’s dog did not appear to be harmed during the incident.
An alligator—believed responsible for the attack—was located and dispatched at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office Environmental Crimes Unit, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Sea Pines Security.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has taken over the investigation.