🐊 The alligator spotted in a Middlesex Borough park has not been seen in over a week

🐊 Police say it may have escaped the area after drone and boat searches

🐊 The park is reopening despite authorities not knowing where the gator went

MIDDLESEX BOROUGH — The alligator loose in the waterways of this Central Jersey borough may have gotten away after over seven days with no sightings.

In the weeks after the first confirmed sighting, authorities have seemingly spared no expense to root out the reptile, which is believed to be between three to four feet long.

Drones from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office and a boat from the local public works department were used in the search. Traps were laid out by the Division of Fish & Wildlife last week. Kayaks, waders, video surveillance, and patrols were used. The local Office of Emergency Management and the fire department have also helped in the search.

A police officer shot at the alligator on Saturday, Aug. 26 but could not confirm if the shot connected. The reptile may have been killed and it didn't float to the surface, Mayor John Madden said to NJ.com. However, it was spotted several days after the shooting.

But on Thursday, 15 days after the non-indigenous alligator first appeared, police conceded that the alligator may have escaped the massive search. It was last seen in the waters near a small island in Lake Creighton on Aug. 30, police said.

Signs at Victor Crowell Park (Middlesex Borough police)
Signs at Victor Crowell Park (Middlesex Borough police)

"Although this likely indicates that the alligator is no longer in the area, anyone who observes the alligator should not approach or otherwise interact with it," police said. Instead, if someone sees the gator they should call the Middlesex police at 732-356-1900 or 9-1-1.

MORE: Watch out for wild alligator loose in NJ brook

With the gator possibly in a different area, officials have reopened Victor Crowell Park.

While the park is open, there are some restrictions for safety. No fishing and no swimming will be allowed and the lakeside docks are still closed. A playground near Greene Avenue will also stay closed for work that had already been planned.

Report a correction 👈 | 👉 Contact our newsroom

Windfarm projects proposed for NJ coast — and what they might look like

These are the wind energy projects approved for and planned for the ocean off the coasts of New Jersey and New York. While the projects have the support of officials who say they will stimulate the local economy and create renewable energy to power millions of homes, many coastal residents have raised concerns about how the projects will impact tourism and the environment.

The gallery includes competing photosimulations — those on file with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and those recently commissioned by a group opposed to the wind farm development.

LOOK: Cities with the most expensive homes in New Jersey

Stacker compiled a list of cities with the most expensive homes in New Jersey using data from Zillow.

LOOK: The longest highways in America

Stacker compiled a list of the longest interstates in the United States using 2021 data from the Federal Highway Administration. Read on to find out which ones are the lengthiest.

More From 105.7 The Hawk