UPDATE: Woman killed by alligator on Hilton Head Island identified

UPDATE #2 - Beaufort County Coroner Edward Allen identified the deceased woman in this morning's Sea Pines alligator attack as 45-year-old Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island. A forensic autopsy has been scheduled at the Medical University of South Carolina to determine her cause of death. An alligator—believed responsible for the attack—was located and dispatched at the scene. Questions regarding the disposition of the alligator should referred to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. 


UPDATE:  The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says, "At approximately 9:30 this morning, Sheriff's Office deputies,Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue and Sea Pines Security personnel responded to a lagoon off of Wood Duck Road in Sea Pines Plantation to a report of an alligator attacking a woman inside of a lagoon. When they arrived, fire personnel located the deceased woman inside of the lagoon and recovered her body, while deputies interviewed witnesses."

"Witness accounts indicate that the woman—who will be identified after her next of kin are notified—was walking her dog near the lagoon when she was attacked and pulled underwater by the alligator.  The Sheriff's Office Environmental Crimes Unit, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Sea Pines Security are on-scene searching for the alligator—reported to be approximately 8 feet in length."

"Additional information regarding the search for the alligator will be released later. Beaufort County Coroner Edward Allen scheduled an autopsy to be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina to determine the cause of the woman's death."

"The deceased woman's dog did not appear to be harmed during the incident."


Authorities are investigating an alligator attack on Hilton Head Head Island that claimed the life of an adult.  It happened at Sea Pines.  

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokesman says they received the call about the incident around 9:45 this morning.  

Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue is on the scene assisting law enforcement and the coroner.

The Island Packet is reporting, "The Sea Pines Community Services Association sent an email to homeowners just after 11 a.m. saying a “deceased person” was found in a lagoon in the Club Course area of Sea Pines."

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