Florida officials have said the body of the 2-year old boy who was snatched by an alligator, has been recovered.
The toddler had been playing along the edge of a lagoon when he was dragged under water by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando, Florida.
OCSO says they recovered the body of the 2YO boy around 3pm today. pic.twitter.com/BzUGentXoF
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) June 15, 2016
Officials had earlier caught and killed five alligators from the lagoon to examine them for traces of the boy but found no evidence they were involved.
NBC news reports:
Orange County Sheriff Jerry 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.