Parents Of Boy Killed By Alligator At Disney Resort Break Their Silence

Parents Of Boy Killed By Alligator At Disney Resort Break Their Silence

Search crews combed the water for hours before they found the toddler's body. An autopsy was planned.

"Of course, the family was distraught, but also I believe somewhat relieved that his body was found intact", Demings told a news conference.

"Melissa and I continue to deal with the loss of our beloved boy, Lane, and are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received from family and friends in our community as well as from around the country", Matt Graves said in the statement. Meanwhile, people across the nation and in Orlando are lifting the parents of 2-year-old Lane Graves up in prayer.

Jacquee Wahler, vice president, at the Walt Disney World Resort, released a statement Friday.

The man-made, 172-acre lagoon only featured signage that said "no swimming" and warned of deep waters, but now permanent signage at all of Disney's resorts will warn guests of lurking alligators, Disney said.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection requires alligator warning signs be posted by state park managers in freshwater areas of parks "frequented by visitors".

Rose Silva, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said yesterday that a probe into the toddler's death was ongoing, but was not criminal in nature.

"The team attempts to relocate the gators to the uninhabited natural areas as best they can, but the gators don't understand the boundaries", said former Disney executive Duncan Dickson to the Sentinel.

In Florida, a state with an estimated 1.3 million alligators, sightings are common but attacks are rare.

Kim Aho said their son was "a little freaked out about the gator".

The boy's father tried and failed to pry his son from the alligator's jaws, leaving him with cuts and scratches, Demings said. Neither could a nearby lifeguard, officials said.

Trappers killed and opened up five alligators on Wednesday for a sign of the boy before his body was recovered.

"There are no words to convey the profound sorrow we feel for the family and their unimaginable loss".

The Gibson family from Hot Springs, Arkansas, said they were on the beach at the Grand Floridian one hour before the attack.

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