ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are investigating a report that a teen was spotted struggling in a retention pond and screaming about being bitten before he disappeared.
An Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release calls it a possible drowning. The release says deputies, wildlife officers and fire rescue workers began searching the Orlando pond around noon Wednesday.
A witness who lives nearby told deputies that a teenage male had been struggling to stay afloat while yelling, “It bit me,” multiple times. The teen eventually went underwater and didn’t resurface.
Officials say a small alligator was spotted in the retention pond, but there was no evidence that it was related to a possible drowning.
Marine units were scanning the pond later Wednesday afternoon, while deputies canvased the area checking for missing people.
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