The 2-year-old boy who was grabbed Tuesday night by an alligator near a Walt Disney World resort hotel is believed dead, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Wednesday. Demings noted that it has been 15 hours since the attack and rescue officials are trying to recover the body.
A search began for the boy immediately, with boats from Disney searching along with law enforcement. More than 50 officials from the sheriff’s department alone are trying to find the boy’s body, divers are on standby and sonar is being employed, Demings said.
By midmorning Wednesday, Disney had closed all beaches in its resort area “out of an abundance of caution” following the attack, a Disney representative said.