Disney gator attack: 2-year-old boy were dead

Lake Buena Vista, Florida( CNN) A 2-year-old boy pulled by an alligator into a lagoon near a Walt Disney World hotel has been found dead, authorities told.

An Orange County dive team discovered Lane Graves’ body intact about 1:45 p.m ., not far from where he was grabbed Tuesday night, Sheriff Jerry Demings told Wednesday.

His body had only a few puncture wounds, according to information sources very well known the investigation.

“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, ” Demings said.

He said the body was may be in 6 feet of murky water 10 to 15 yards from where the son was assaulted.

The fact that the body was found intact attains sense, told Jeff Corwin, host of “Ocean Mysteries” on ABC.

“That gator came in, grabbed that son, pulled him, the papa startled that gator, the gator let him go and then the son drowned, ” he told.

Alligators don’t swim that far — they sink into the murky water and lurk there — which explains why the father did not insure the son when he jumped into the water to try and save him, Corwin told.

The boy’s parents are from Elkhorn, Nebraska, and were identified as Matt and Melissa Graves.

“The Graves family appreciates the support they have received and have asked for privacy as they mourn the loss of their son, ” the sheriff’s department tweeted.

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Matt Graves is the chief data officer at Omaha Infogroup, a company that provides technology solutions, CNN affiliate KETV reported.

Demings said the Tomb were distraught yet relieved that this was not a protracted search.

He said he brought a clergyman with him when transgressing the news to the parents, who are Catholic.

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 told.

257

The number of attacks that required medical care

23

People who died as a result of those attacks

8

Number of children( 16 and under) among the 23 deaths

1977

The year that watched the most attacks requiring medical care( 13)

1 in 2.4 million

The likelihood of nearby residents being seriously injured in an attack

Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission( as of April 2016)

Forensics squads will try to determine whether one of the alligators already taken from the lake is the one that dragged off the son. If not, the search for alligators in the lake will continue.

The boy’s family was at a movie night outdoors at the Grand Floridian resort when around 9 p. m. the son waded into about a foot of water in a lagoon, authorities have said. Witnesses, including the boy’s horrified parents, tried to save him. His father jumped in and tried to pry the gator’s mouth open. His mom jumped in, too.

But it was too late. The child was dragged underwater in the Seven Seas Lagoon, witnesses told authorities. The lagoon is connected to a series of canals that feed into big bodies of water, Wiley said earlier.

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