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Largo Police detectives believe man killed by alligator while searching for frisbees in Taylor Lake

The Largo Police Department is investigating the death of an adult male at Taylor Lake in the park.

Crews from Largo Fire Rescue along with officers from the Largo Police Department responded to reports of a body located by a park visitor who was walking their dog. The call for service was at approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

At this time, detectives believe the victim was looking for frisbees in the water and a gator was involved.

The man has been identified as 47 year-old Sean Thomas McGuinness.

While the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death, it was apparent that McGuinness suffered injuries related to alligators in the lake. Detectives believe this occurred in the nighttime hours as McGuinness did not appear to have been in the lake for a long period of time before he was discovered the morning of May 31, 2022.

According to Park Management, McGuinness was known to frequent the park and enter the lake with disregard to the posted “No Swimming” signs.

A witness also advised detectives that McGuinness was known to sell discs back to people within the park as the park is equipped with a disc golf course and McGuinness was found within a few feet of a disc in the water.

The Largo Police Department reminds residents and visitors to not go swimming or near the lake at any time. There are posted signs of no swimming in the
lake.

trappers on the Lake searching for the alligator

Taylor Park is home to the Taylor Park Disc Golf Course. Disc golf uses flying discs similar to a frisbee in which players throw a disc at a target.

Disc Golf target placed near the shoreline

This is still under investigation and no further detailare available at this time.

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