A two-year-old’s life has come to an end after being snatched into a lake by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon resort hotel in Orlando.
The tragic accident occurred Tuesday night and the Orange County sheriff said on Wednesday that there was “no question” that the boy was dead.
“We know that we are working on recovering the body of the child at this point,” the sheriff, Jerry L. Demings, said at a news conference. “We’re going to continue to search until we find the body.”
Nick Wiley, the executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said, “We’re still hopeful that we can help the family find closure.”
“We’ve already taken four alligators and looked at four alligators and couldn’t find any evidence that they were involved,” Mr. Wiley said early in the search. “They had to be euthanized to be analyzed.”
The boy and his family, who are from Nebraska, was strolling along the lake, which had no swimming signs, when an alligator snatched him.
“It has been now about 15 hours since the child was taken into the water, so we know that we are working on recovering the body of the child at this point,” Deminas said. “Our ultimate goal is to try to bring some closure to the family by recovering their loved one.”
The boy and his parent’s name have yet to be released.