LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (KXAN/AP) — Orlando police confirm that they have recovered the body of a boy snatched by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a Disney property.
According to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, a body they believe to be Lane Graves, a 2-year-old, was recovered and was fully intact. His parents have been identified as Matt and Melissa Graves. The family is from Elkhorn, Nebraska.
Demings said there is no reason to believe the body is not Lane but medical examiners will work to confirm it. He believes the boy was drowned by the alligator.
The body was recovered around 1:45 p.m. Eastern in the immediate area where Lane went missing. Sonar equipment was used to pinpoint his exact location.
The family issued a statement saying they ‘appreciate all of the prayers of everyone and the job of law enforcement to recover their son so they can move forward with proper burial.’
Disney is closing all beach areas in its Lake Buena Vista resorts after the incident out of “an abundance of caution.”
Officials say the little boy was wading at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon around nightfall Tuesday when an alligator estimated to be between 4 feet and 7 feet long dragged him under.