Florida authorities have found the body of a 2-year-old boy who was dragged off by an alligator Tuesday night at Disney resort.
The Nebraska toddler was playing in the water on a beach area near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at 9:16 p.m. Tuesday when the alligator snatched him and dragged him underwater in front of his horrified parents. The father tried to get his son back, but wasn't able to, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
Demings said the boy's body was found at about 1:45 p.m. ET Wednesday, and the remains were fully recovered at about 3:30 p.m.
The grisly discovery brought to a close a search that involved more than 50 law enforcement officials, including Marine units who relied on sonar equipment to look for the boy in the lake. Initially a search-and-rescue operation, Demings said at a noon press conference there was "no question" the boy was dead after so many hours underwater and that the hunt had turned into a recovery effort.
But he had vowed to continue searching until the boy's body was found.
"I just happen to have a 2-year-old grandson, so for me, this is a very human experience that we are talking about, where we are dealing with this family now who there's no question will lose a 2-year-old child," he said.
The family was visiting the Seven Seas Lagoon from Nebraska, according to Demings, and was identified as Matt and Melissa Graves. The two-year-old was Lane Graves.