Authorities have confirmed that the 2-year-old boy who was snatched by an alligator and pulled into a lagoon has been found dead.
The Nebraska family was on vacation with their children in Orlando. Their 2-year-old was playing near the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney World’s “The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa” when an alligator came up out of the water and grabbed the child, dragging him into the lagoon. The father entered the water and tried to get the boy away from the alligator, but was unable to do so.
The family was on the beach at an outdoor movie night, and the child waded in the water.
“No swimming” signs are posted and visible “from any vantage point,” said a witness.
There were no signs warning of alligators in the area. The lagoon and lake is connected to other waterways.
Authorities have caught five alligators out of the lagoon so far, and authorities said they will still try to discover which alligator was responsible for the attack.
A Disney spokeswoman said they have never had alligator attacks on their lake before.
Sheriff Jerry Demings said at about 1:25 today, members of the dive team recovered the body of the child from the water. The body was still intact, and not far from where he had been dragged into the water.
The parents have been identified as Matt and Melissa Graves from Elkhorn, Nebraska. Their lost child is Lane Graves. They also have a four-year-old daughter.
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