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.
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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.