The body of the 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was attacked and dragged into a lake by an alligator at a Walt Disney World resort has been recovered.
According to authorities, the body of the toddler, identified as Lane Graves, was “completely intact” when it was found about 10 to 15 yards from shore. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said:
“At about 3:30 today we recovered the remains of the 2-year-old from the water and that body has been turned over to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
“Autopsy has to confirm, but there’s likely no question in my mind that the child was drowned by the alligator, the child was found within the immediate area of where he was last seen. It took some time to go through, but our divers were able to locate the body using sonar equipment.”
The discovery comes just one day after the little boy was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon by an alligator at around 9:30 p.m. near the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on Tuesday. The animal is believed to be from four to seven feet long, authorities had said on Tuesday at a news conference.
The Nebraska boy was on vacation with his family at the Orlando theme park. He was playing in about a foot of water when the alligator came out of the lake and attacked. The boy’s father tried desperately to fight off the gator, suffering lacerations on his hand, but neither he nor a lifeguard could save the boy.
Disney released a statement shortly after the body was recovered, saying “There are no words to convey the profound sorrow we feel for the family and their unimaginable loss. We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragic accident and are doing what we can to help them during this difficult time.”