Devastating news as body of two-year-old boy found 16 hours after being snatched by alligator at Disney Resort in Florida.
It was just after 9pm on June 14 that a family from Nebraska experienced the unimaginable. Set up on the beach that borders the lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Lane Graves - at only two years of age - was suddenly snatched by an alligator as he splashed in the shallow water.
Lane's father, Matt Graves, leaped from the shore in a valiant effort to rescue his son from the jaws of the gator, but unfortunately there was nothing he could do. The alligator submerged with the boy, triggering an intense search and rescue effort.
The artificial lake lies across from the Magic Kingdom theme park. It covers roughly 200 acres and feeds a series of canals that wind their way throughout the Disney theme park.
Lane's body would be found 16 hours later, on the morning of June 15, and just six feet below the surface and 10 to 15 feet from where he was last seen. "His body was completely intact," Sheriff Demings said at a news conference less than a mile from the lagoon, shortly after he and a Catholic priest had delivered the "tough message" of the boy's death to Mr. Graves, his wife, Melissa, and their 4-year-old daughter, who live in the Elkhorn section of Omaha, Neb.
Disney had erected 'No Swimming' signs along the perimeter of Seven Seas Lagoon and others like it but the public is now questioning if that is enough.
Five alligator have been taken from the lagoon and euthanized to determine if any are responsible for the toddler's death.