Body of toddler killed by alligator at Disney World resort found

ORLANDO (KUSI) — 1:32 p.m. — The body of the two-year-old boy that was killed by an alligator at a Disney World resort has been found, according to Orange County Sheriff’s officials. Officials believed the child was dead after searching for him close to 24 hours, but those on scene moved forward hoping to recover the victim’s body. 

11 a.m. — The two-year-old boy who was dragged from his family by an alligator at a Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, FL. is believed to be dead, Orange County Sheriff Demings said Wednesday. The incident occurred nearly 24 hours prior to the announcement. 

Officials are still searching for the body in hopes of recovering it. Emergency vehicles were on scene and boats searched the waters looking for the boy. 50 law enforcement personnel, an alligator tracker and two marine units were on hand as well, according to the Associated Press. The Walt Disney World Resort has been assisting with the investigation, according to Jacquee Wahler, vice president of the theme park.

All beaches have been closed at Disney resorts in the area as a precaution, according to CNN. The boy was wading in the Seven Seas Lagoon lake edge when the attack occurred, according to Sheriff Demings. "No swimming" signs were posted in the area.

The boys mother and father jumped into the lake to try and save him but couldn’t stop the alligator. Four alligators were pulled from the lagoon since the search began, according to the Associated Press.
 

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