The body of the two-year-old boy who was snatched off of a lagoon beach by an alligator at a Disney resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, has been recovered, officials said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
The child’s remains were found intact Wednesday, approximately 10-15 yards from where he was taken by the alligator Tuesday night, in water that was approximately six feet deep, said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. Divers using sonar equipment were among the officials searching for the remains.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the child was drowned by the alligator,” Demings said.
The sheriff said that the child had been playing in the water while vacationing with his family when he was grabbed by the reptile. At least five alligators were trapped and killed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trappers. Officials say they do not yet know if one of these alligators was the one who grabbed the child and they are investigating further.
According to Demings, in the 40 years that Disney has been in operation in the area, nothing of this sort has ever happened before.