Officials have confirmed that the 2-year-old boy who was attacked by an alligator at the Disney World resort died from drowning, and that the toddler's body was still intact.
Rescue workers had embarked on an 18-hour search for Lane Graves after he was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, by an alligator June 14, the Mirror reported.
Now investigators have revealed that 2-year-old Lane’s body was found “intact.”
“There’s no question in my mind the child was drowned by the alligator,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters. “He was within the immediate area where he was last seen. The water is kind of murky, but our divers were able to locate the body.”
The child’s parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, said they were devastated by their son’s death, but “somewhat relieved” that his body was recovered.
President of Walt Disney World Resort George Kalogridis paid his respects to Lane.
"There are no words to convey the profound sorrow we feel for the family and their unimaginable loss," Kalogridis said in a statement.
A Fish and Wildlife representative said they are running forensics on five alligators that were pulled out of the Seven Seas Lagoon to determine if any of them were responsible, according to TMZ. If they find no match, they will continue their search.