Disney Gator Attack: Remains Of 2-Year-Old Boy Found
It’s a tragic ending to what should have been a magical Disney holiday. A two-year-old boy was found dead after he was snatched by an alligator in shallow water as his family enjoyed a movie night outside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.Advertisement
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Matt and Melissa Graves were visiting Florida with their son Lane from Elkhorn, Nebraska. When the alligator snatched the child, the boy’s father tried to grab his son. The attempt was unsuccessful, however, and he suffered a number of scratches on his hands.
According to a report from CNN, only the young boy was seen in the water at the time of the attack. Moreover, there were “No Swimming” signs posted all over the lagoon.
Upon being alerted of the incident, authorities deployed 50 people to take part in the search. It included boat patrol units and dive teams. As the search continued the next day, Disney had decided to close all of its beaches along the resort area by midmorning Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution.”
The little boy’s body was found around 1:45 p.m. 10 to 15 yards away from where the attack had taken place. The body was intact, leading to the belief that cause of death was drowning. Upon finding the body, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings 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.”
Meanwhile in Nebraska, Governor Pete Ricketts conveyed his sympathies to the victim’s family. He said, “Our hearts are breaking for the Graves family in Orlando. You have our thoughts, prayers, and all of our support during this time.”
According to WPBF, Walt Disney Resort President George A. Kalogridis also issued a statement following the tragedy saying, “We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragic accident and are doing what we can to help the family during this difficult time. On behalf of everyone at Disney, we offer our deepest sympathies.”
There has been no similar incident in Disney World in the past.