Toddler Snatched By Alligator Near Orlando Disney Hotel Still Missing

  • by: Alan Duke

Police and wildlife experts are pulling alligators from the Seven Seas Lagoon at a Disney hotel near Orlando, Florida, looking for signs of a two-year-old boy who was snatched and dragged into the murky water by a gator Tuesday night.

The child, whose family from Nebraska was vacationing at Disney, was playing about a foot in the water's edge just after sunset during the hotel's movie night when his father heard a splash and saw the alligator take his son from the beach and into the water. The father jumped into the lagoon in an unsuccessful fight to find him.

Four alligators pulled from the lagoon Wednesday morning revealed no signs of the child, according to Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson. He told reporters searchers were "very hopeful" of finding the child eve a dozen hours later.

The incident is the third tragedy in the Orlanda area since Friday night when singer Christina Grimmie was shot to death by a man after a concert. City was thrown into deep grief early Sunday when a man massacred 49 people and wounded dozens more at a gay nightclub.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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