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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WJBK) - WEB UPDATE (5 p.m. Wednesday): The child's body has been recovered.
Officials at a press conference Wednesday announced that the body of the 2-year-old has been found at 1:45 p.m. Police say the body was found "intact."
Police identified the boy as Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska.
The family says they appreciate all the prayers and efforts to recover their son.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said that Disney was been cooperative and worked with investigators after the attack.
Demings estimated the attack happened about 10 to 15 yards out and the water was six feet deep.
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Police are continuing the search for a toddler dragged into the water by an alligator at Disney World Tuesday night, though they now say they're working on recovering the body.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a news conference just after 12 p.m. Wednesday that the boy's family "will no question lose a 2-year-old child."
Some 50 people are now using sonar equipment as they search a system of lakes and ponds linked by canals to the Seven Seas Lagoon where the boy was attacked while wading in about a foot of water at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.
Demings says they are trying to "bring some closure to this family."
Disney closed all beach areas in its Lake Buena Vista resorts after the incident at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The company announced Wednesday that it's closing the beaches in "an abundance of caution."
Officials say the little boy was wading at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon around nightfall Tuesday when an alligator estimated to be between 4 feet and 7 feet long dragged him under.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the family of five from Nebraska arrived on Sunday in Orlando, where only hours earlier, a gunman's attack on a gay nightclub left 49 people dead. Two days before that, 22-year-old Christina Grimmie, a contestant on season six of "The Voice," was killed in Orlando while signing autographs after a show.