Woman, 90, Killed By Alligator After Disappearing from Assisted Living Facility

The death of an elderly South Carolina woman, whose body was found in a pond after disappearing from her assisted living facility, was alligator-related.

Coroner Rae Wooten said on Friday the cause of death of 90-year-old West Ashley woman Bonnie Walker was "multiple sharp and blunt force injuries."

Walker's body was discovered in a retention pond near her assisted living facility Wednesday.

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Her injuries are consistent with those that would be inflicted by an alligator.

"Our investigation has confirmed that an alligator was involved in the decedent's death," the coroner said in a statement."There is no indication of an "attack," but rather it is likely that the decedent slipped, fell down a steep embankment, or otherwise landed in the water, attracting the attention of the alligator."

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Walker's is believed to be the first death in the history of South Carolina connected to an alligator.

Her body was discovered hours after she went missing. 

A large alligator was reportedly removed from the pond near the assisted living facility by Department of Natural Resources workers Friday morning.

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