2-year-old boy who dragged the alligator near Walt Disney World was found dead, said Sheriff Jerry Deming.
The boy's body was found intact about 1:45 p.m., not far from the place where he was captured alligator. On the body of the child was only a few stab wounds, most likely the boy drowned, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Of course, the autopsy should confirm this assumption.
The boy's parents, who are originally from Elkhorn, Nebraska, has been identified as Matt and Melissa graves. "The family of graves thanked everyone for their support and requested privacy as they grieve the loss of their son," said the Sheriff's Department on his Twitter page.
Executive Director of wildlife Nick Wiley said the alligator may have already been caught. "We're going to make sure that you are dealing with the alligator and remove it from the lake,"he said
We will remind, the boy's family was vacationing in the open air in the resort is the Grand Floridiana, when about 9 p.m. the boy fell into the pond. There he was attacked by an alligator. The boy's parents tried to save him. The father jumped in after the child and tried to snatch the boy from the jaws of an alligator, but it was too late. The crocodile dragged the child on the bottom. Laguna is connected by a series of channels that flow into large reservoirs, said Wiley.
The rescuers almost immediately began searching for the child. The father received minor scratches on his hand, trying to save his son.
Florida was about 1.3 million alligators, said wildlife biologist Arnold Brunell. This number held steady for the last 5 years.
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