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Woman fatally attacked by alligator she wanted to get closer to: Report

An autopsy was completed for a South Carolina woman who was fatally mauled by an alligator on Friday.

According to The Post and Courier, Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten identified Cynthia Covert, 58, as the woman killed by an alligator on Kiawah Island.

WCIV reported that Covert was at her friend’s home when she spotted the alligator in a nearby pond. Covert reportedly stated that she was going to get closer to the large reptile despite her friend’s repeated pleas to leave it alone.

The alligator was four feet from the edge of the water when it attacked Covert and pulled her into the water. While the friend’s husband beat the alligator with a shovel, it eventually fully submerged Covert, according to WCIV.

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The friend reportedly said that Covert never screamed during the fatal mauling. She also indicated that Covert had been behaving irregularly prior to the incident.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy found the gator and fatally shot it. The gator was located near Covert’s body — which was in the pond near the attack site, according to WPDE.

An autopsy completed on Monday confirmed Covert had drowned. Her manner of death was ruled an accident.

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[Featured image: Cynthia Covert/Facebook]