In South Carolina on Monday, an 88-year-old woman was reportedly murdered by an alligator.

According to the Department of Natural Resources and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, the woman, Nancy Becker, is believed to have fallen in a while gardening close to a pond in the adult-only community of Sun City Hilton Head.

Responders discovered the gator "guarding" Becker, according to officials.

The male gator, which measured 9 feet, 8 inches, was put to death.

In South Carolina since 2000, there have been five alligator deaths, according to the sheriff's office and the Department of Natural Resources.

Because their metabolism speeds up in the summer and spring as temperatures rise, alligators are more active during those seasons, according to Melody Kilborn, a representative for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who talked to ABC News last month.