The body of a two-year-old boy who has been missing after being snagged by an alligator from his parents at a lake in the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has been found by authorities.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told a press conference that he informed the victim’s family regarding the development, GMA News reported.
“It was a tough message to deliver. Of course the family was distraught, but also I believe [they were] somewhat relieved that we were able to find their son... so that they can come to grips with what has happened,” he said.
Demings said the body was found intact near where the alligator dragged him away as he was playing by the water.
Initial results pending an autopsy show that the young victim identified as Lane Graves died due to drowning.
Lane went missing on Tuesday night after he was attacked and dragged by an alligator estimated to be between four to seven feet in size at the resort’s Seven Seas Lagoon.
His parents, particularly his father, attempted to save him but they were overpowered by the reptile.
Prior to finding the victim’s remains, the lagoon area was closed off and five alligators were killed and subsequently opened up to check whether the boy was consumed.
This is the first time an incident like this occurred in the Disney property. However, at least five people in Florida have been killed in alligator attacks in the past 10 years.
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