The body of a woman found in the jaws of a 13 feet long crocodile in Florida has been identified.

A 13-foot (4-meter) long alligator spotted with a woman’s remains in its jaws in Florida has been killed, police say.

An eyewitness told local media that he saw the crocodile with its lower torso in its mouth in the Largo Canal.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said the animal was killed and confirmed that the remains of 41-year-old Sabrina Peckham were found in the waterway.

The investigation will reveal the circumstances behind the woman’s death.

Police said deputies were called at 13:50 local time on Friday after reports of a body in a waterway.

JaMarcus Bullard said he was on his way to a job interview when he saw the alligator, which initially appeared to have a pup in its mouth.

“I saw that she had a body in her mouth – like a lower torso – so once I saw that I ran straight to the fire department,” he told local broadcaster Fox 13.

“It was the first time I saw the gator in real life so I thought it was pretty cool, but once I saw what was in it I was like ‘Is it like a mannequin?’

“It was yellow and white.”

In another interview with 10 Tampa Bay he said, “It just latched onto him, and floated backwards to the bottom of the canal… I couldn’t believe it was real.”

A fundraising page has been set up for Ms Peckham by her family, who said the woman was living in a homeless camp near a wooded area at the time of her death.

Waterway in Largo where the crocodile was caught

Waterway in Largo where the crocodile was caught

Breonna Doris, who said she is the victim’s daughter, wrote on Facebook: “It is believed she was walking to or from her campsite near the creek in the dark and was attacked by the alligator from the water.

“No one deserves to die like this.”

Authorities said the crocodile was humanely killed and removed from the waterway, before a police dive team recovered Ms Peckham’s remains.

News footage shows a giant crocodile stretched out on the side of the road, surrounded by police and emergency vehicles.

The medical examiner’s office has not yet determined the cause of death.

Nearby residents said they had seen small crocodiles in the area before, but not of the size of the animal found in this case.

Jennifer Dean told 10 Tampa Bay: “It’s crazy. My kids go by there all the time. So it’s really scary. I’ve seen four or five-foot gators but nothing that big.”

Mr Bullard added: “I’m going to bring myself a bike or catch the bus to work. They have little gates, but someone died.”

A map showing Largo in Florida

Authorities in Florida are investigating the circumstances of Sabrina Peckham’s death.

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