The body of the 2-year-old boy dragged into the water by an alligator at a Disney resort in Florida Tuesday night was recovered Wednesday afternoon.
Multiple witnesses saw an alligator grab the boy, who was wading in a foot of water in the Seven Seas Lagoon at approximately 9 p.m.
The boy’s father jumped into the lagoon and tried desperately to free his child from the alligator, but it was to no avail.
The family was outside for movie night at the Grand Floridan Resort, when the tragic incident happened.
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The search for the toddler began immediately, with Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings promising it would not stop until they found the child’s body, so the family could have closure.
Sheriff Demings identified the parents as Matt and Melissa Graves from Elkhorn, Nebraska, and their 2-year-old son’s name was Lane.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office dive team discovered the boy’s body intact at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Disney closed all beaches in its resort area on Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution” following the attack.
“Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident,” said Jacquee Wahler, a vice president at the Disney resort. “Our thoughts are with the family.”
Disney has experienced no similar incident with alligators in the 45-year history of the resort in Central Florida.
h/t: Daily Mail