16 June 2016
Police have recovered the body of the two year old boy dragged away by an alligator at Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa while his family vacationed at the resort.
The boy was found dead at about 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Contrary to what many had feared, his body was found intact.
According to authorities familiar with the investigation, his body had only a few puncture wounds.
He was found by divers not far from where he was grabbed by the alligator on Tuesday night, the Orange County Sherriff, Demings said.
Sherriff Demings said the boy who name is Lane Graves, likely died by drowning and not killed by the alligator.
He said: “Of course, the autopsy has to confirm that, but there is likely no question in my mind that the child was drowned by the alligator.”
The family of the boy were on vacation at the resort from Nebraska and were relaxing near the Lake Tuesday evening when the attack occurred.
Since the attack, five alligators were seized and killed in an attempt to find the boy.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director, Nick Wiley said the alligator may have already been caught, but that has not yet been confirmed.
“We’re going to make certain that we have the alligator that was involved, and that we remove it from the lake,” he said.
His father sustained minor lacerations to his arm in the attempt to retrieve his child, Nick added.
Since the event, there have been mixed reactions on social media. Using the hashtag #DisneyGatorAttack, people around the world have aired their feelings on the situation.
Some have condemned the parents, other condemned Disney’s sign as not enough warning while others have shown compassion.
— Eliott C. McLaughlin (@EliottCNN) June 15, 2016
A "No Swimming" sign does not mean "Beware of Alligators" #DisneyGatorAttack
— Katalyst InK (@FromtheKatsEye) June 15, 2016
Dear Internet, can we please have a bit more compassion for a family who saw their son dragged away by an alligator?!! #DisneyGatorAttack
— Jamie Lapeyrolerie (@jamielynne82) June 15, 2016
— sandi°o° (@SandiJeunesse) June 15, 2016
People without children are so quick to blame the parents when in fact this attack could have happened to anyone. #DisneyGatorAttack
— ✨lαzαrυѕ rιѕιɴɢ✨ (@Vettlune) June 15, 2016
As a father of two, being helpless to help your children is your greatest fear. My heart goes out to the parents. #DisneyGatorAttack
— Jason Mitchell (@JasonMitch) June 15, 2016
“The Graves family appreciates the support they have received and have asked for privacy as they grieve the loss of their son,” the Sheriff’s department said on its Twitter page.
We do hope that they find comfort even in this time of grief.