Coroner identifies woman found dead following encounter with gator on Kiawah Island

VIDEO: Woman found dead following encounter with gator on Kiawah Island

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities say a woman was found dead following an encounter with an alligator on Kiawah Island Friday afternoon.

Cynthia Covert, 58, of Johns Island, was found while police were responding to a pond in the area of Salt Ceder Lane.

An autopsy is scheduled to be completed on Monday.

Just before 5 p.m., Charleston County sheriff’s deputies responded to a pond in the area of Salt Cedar Lane for a report of an alligator encounter with a woman.

“As a result, the female has died,” CCSO officials said. “A deputy on scene dispatched and retrieved the alligator.”

A report states SC Department of Natural Resources and the Charleston County Coroner’s Office responded to the incident.

“This incident is still under investigation,” the sheriff’s office said.

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