Man searching for flying discs in alligator-filled lake found dismembered

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A man who regularly waded into an alligator-infested lake to search for frisbees has been found dead, with three limbs missing.

The dismembered body of Sean Thomas McGuinness, 47, was discovered at Taylor Lake in Largo, Florida, on May 31.

He made a living by retrieving wayward frisbees and flying discs that plopped into the water from a nearby disc golf course, and selling them on, despite being aware of the dangers.

Largo police spokeswoman Megan Santo told Spectrum Bay News 9: “When Sean McGuinness was recovered, he was observed to be missing three limbs.”

She added that a final medical examiner’s report is expected sometime in late July.

A park ranger had previously tried to get McGuinness trespassed from the lake, but was unable to find him when they responded on April 11 and April 19, according to public records obtained by the station.

McGuinness had no family in Florida and had, until recently, been living with his best friend, Ryan McKinley, 47, until moving out in January.

“He didn’t ask for handouts – he worked,” McKinley said. “He made his living no matter what he had to do and I respected him for that.”

McGuiness had a tumour on his pituitary gland, that forced McKinley to ask him to move out in January.

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He added: “It started causing problems with my family and that’s why I had to ask him to leave. It still kills me to this day, because I do blame myself a little bit.”

Florida Fish and Wildlife trappers caught and killed two large alligators following McGuiness’ death, but it was later revealed they were not involved in the man’s merciless death.

A regular to the disc golf course knew McGuinness, with Derek Erskin saying he “hopes he’s at peace now”.

“He was fully aware of the risk,” he said. “He seemed to be pretty comfortable with what he was doing.”

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