Wildlife officials are assisting police in the search.
Her husband was away in Chicago on Friday, neighbor Peter Limia told the Herald, but had warned Matsuki to be careful - or to possibly avoid walks alone at the nature park altogether.
"It could have been one of us", said Patricia Ramsaran. This is a developing story.
A Davie resident recalled visiting the park a year ago and seeing a shockingly large alligator swim to the bank after her son threw bread in the water to feed the fish. There are two lakes at the park and the reported attack happened in what is referred to as the North Lake. People go there to exercise, walk their dogs, and picnic.
The park where Matsuki disappeared Friday is near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a major Miami-area tourist and entertainment attraction.
There has not been a significant trend in alligator attacks in the past decade, the FWC reports. "I saw the gator yesterday, it responds in a natural way", he told CBS.
The victim was identified as Shizuka Matsuki of Plantation.
Police in Florida are looking for a woman who a witness said was dragged into a lake by an alligator. Then she saw the dogs by themselves a short time later.
Engle said one of the dogs also was bitten by the alligator.
Shortly after she was seen with her pets they were spotted wandering by themselves, and one appeared to have a fresh wound, authorities said.
Though the arm was found inside this gator, it is still not clear if this animal is responsible for Matsuki's death. The alligator was euthanized.
"The FWC believes that the victim is deceased and we will continue recovery efforts on the lake with local authorities".
According to witnesses, the woman's dogs won't leave the pond.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the dogs, but not the woman. He was also asked to break the news to the couple's son, who is in his 20s and lives in NY.
"He doesn't even know if she's still alive or not", the man said.
Despite the fact that children have been seen swimming in the lake from time to time, residents say it's a unsafe area, WSVN reported.
"There is plenty of gators in this lake". "It's very sad. You see boys swimming in the canal", said Raeaoso. "They're at least [8-foot], 9-foot alligators".
"Divers are searching", Davie Police Maj Dale Engle was quoted as saying by the Sun Sentinel newspaper. They never returned again.
"That gator was there in a heartbeat", she told the Sun Sentinel.