Public urged to watch for wayward gator in Ozarks

VERSAILLES, Mo. | The Morgan County Sheriff's Office wants area residents to be on the lookout for a missing alligator that's thought to be somewhere near the Lake of the Ozarks.

Officials say the 4-to-5-year-old alligator was reported missing on Thursday. It was being kept as a pet and reportedly was taken from the residence.

The animal is 4 to 5 feet long and has been raised in captivity, and for a while was part of a traveling show.

Deputies say they don't know where the alligator might be so the public needs to keep an eye out for it. But they warn anyone who finds it against trying to touch it and to call the sheriff's office instead.