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Two-year-old snatched by gator, body found

Published:Thursday | June 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Florida Fish and Wildlife and an Orange County Sheriffs helicopter search for a two-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.


Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says a dive team found the remains of Two-year-old Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska, at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday that's about 16 hours after an alligator snatched the toddler at Walt Disney World.

Demings said the body was found 'completely intact,' just 10 to 15 yards from where the boy was attacked, in about six feet of water.

He said they had to use sonar to find the body in the murky water.




The sheriff declined to respond to repeated questions about whether Disney World should clarify its warning signs at the man-made lake. The beachside warnings say 'No swimming,' but don't mention the threat of alligators or say even wading is risky.

The search team grew to 50 people yesterday as trappers and divers searched Disney's network of man-made canals, ponds and lakes. At least five other alligators were caught and cut open before they found the killer.

Demings says Walt Disney World has been providing support as they search for the body of the boy.

Wildlife officials said the attack was a rarity in a state with a gator population estimated at one million. But it still spooked visitors in a city built on tourism.

The family of five from Nebraska arrived on Sunday in Orlando, where only hours earlier, a gunman's attack on a gay nightclub left 49 people dead. Two days before that, 22-year-old Christina Grimmie, a contestant on season six of 'The Voice', was killed in Orlando while signing autographs after a show.

Demings says the boy's father tried to rescue him but was not able to. He says there have been no other recent reports of similar alligator attacks at the lake.