May 03, 2020
A Message from Mayor Weaver
On Friday, we experienced a terrible tragedy with the death of a woman on the island in an alligator related incident. Late yesterday, the Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Cynthia Covert of Johns Island. We are deeply saddened, and we extend our condolences to her family and friends on behalf of the Kiawah Island community.
We live closely with nature on this island. An alligator caused death is exceedingly rare and has not happened on our island before to my knowledge. We know that we must act responsibly and with care around these animals. Consequently, it will be important to know and to share with the community the facts and circumstances from this tragedy, so we can avoid experiencing anything like this again.
I want to extend my gratitude to the numerous emergency and law enforcement agencies and their personnel who responded swiftly to this emergency. This death is being actively investigated by law enforcement, including the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the Charleston County Coroner’s Office, and the Department of Natural Resources. They, not the Town, are solely responsible for that investigation and the eventual public release of their findings. The alligator involved with the death was killed by first responders and has been removed. The Town is not presently aware of the timeline for the investigation but will communicate additional information as it becomes available.