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St. Tammany Parish coroner identifies man killed by alligator

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Satterlee was attacked by an alligator August 30 near his home in Avery Estates.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 1:06 PM

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. (KADN) - The St. Tammany Parish coroner has positively identified the remains found in an alligator’s stomach as Timothy Satterlee, Sr.

Satterlee was attacked by an alligator August 30 near his home in Avery Estates.

Two weeks later, authorities captured the gator believed responsible for the attack. Once euthanized, the alligator’s stomach contents revealed human remains.

Coroner's office staff was able to make a DNA match with Satterlee’s children.

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

Preston is continuing the scientific effort to positively identify the remains.

“We have catalogued 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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