Days after the Disney World incident, Rob Caizza took to Twitter, posting a photo taken in January of an alligator hiding among low cut grass and weeds just across the lake from the Grand Floridian, where the Nebraska toddler was attacked.
A photo I took of a 4 to 6 foot alligator in the grass outside Magic Kingdom right across from the Grand Floridian pic.twitter.com/KrFAhXrz10
— Rob Caizza (@raider4lf) June 15, 2016
While Disney has posted new signage (and fences) warning guests about alligators and snakes in the area, one photographer just shared a chilling image that shows how discreet the reptiles can be, despite any prior warning of their presence.
“I took these pics at the exact spot this happened between 8 and 8:30 p.m.; the incident happened at 9 p.m.,” wrote Jennifer Venditti of Massachusetts in an open letter on Facebook page pleading for prayer for the family; her post has been shared nearly 100,000 times.
Lane Graves, son of Matt and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn, Neb., was His dad tried without success to fight off the animal. “They do appreciate all of the prayers that have gone forward,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said late Wednesday afternoon. “It was a tough message to deliver to them, to let them know that their child is dead.”
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Lane’s body was found within the immediate area of where he was last seen, after authorities scoured the area via boat, helicopter and with a dive team. Sonar equipment was used in the “murky” water to make the recovery, in about 10 to 15 feet of water, Demings said. His body was intact, Demings said.
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