Matthew Riggins probably thought he was going to get away with the perfect crime. He and another man were breaking into homes in the area of Tequesta Drive in Barefoot Bay last month. Officers were called out to the scene when residents reported two suspicious males dressed in all black walking behind a house.
When the officers arrived on the scene, Riggins and his buddy ran off into a wooded area and were never found. Police assumed Matthew had successfully escaped.
But the next day he was reported missing, and a little over a week later a body was found in a Barefoot Bay lake. It was the body of Matthew Riggins.
While recovering his body, dive teams found an 11-foot alligator near the scene. Investigators believe Riggins drowned while being attacked by the alligator.
Maj. Tod Goodyear of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office told WFTV the following…
“Forensic examination of the alligator located remains consistent with the injuries to Riggins inside the alligator’s stomach. So at that point, we had a belief that he was probably attacked by the alligator when he was trying to get away from police.”
Police did find the second suspect, but he’s refusing to help them with their investigation.