Questions are being raised over why Disney World didn’t display signs warning of alligators at a hotel where a boy was dragged to his death.
Lane Graves was pulled under water at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on Tuesday night.
Despite sightings of alligators in the water, a sign on the waters edge only appears to warn of deep water, a steep drop and tells people not to swim.
Lane was dragged into the lagoon by the alligator while paddling with his mother.
Neighbouring hotels do have alligator warning signs.
Walt Disney World has been approached for comment, but yesterday it announced that all its beaches would be closed as a precaution.
Lane’s disappearance sparked a 17-hour search that resulted in his body being found, intact, and about 15 yards from where he disappeared.
Lane had been on holiday with his family at the resort, and news of his death has led to an outpouring of grief from family and friends.
Orange Country Sheriff Jerry Demings said parents Matt and Melissa were ‘distraught but somewhat relived’ that their son’s body was discovered intact.
A family friend released a statement on behalf of the couple thanking well-wishers for their ‘thoughts and hope-filled prayers’.
Lane and his family lived in an upscale neighbourhood in Nebraska.
His father is chief data officer for Infogroup, a marketing company based in Papillion, Nebraska, whose chairman Michael Iaccarino says he’s ‘stunned and heartbroken’ over the ‘family’s unspeakable loss.’
He added: ‘Matt’s family is the light of his life, and his family’s anguish is our own.’
The father also served as a board member for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce which called the tragedy ‘particularly hard to comprehend.’
‘Our thoughts and our prayers are with the Graves family during this time of unthinkable sadness,’ it added.
‘Matt has served on our Chamber Board since 2013. We stand ready to assist him, his wife and family as they grieve the loss of Lane.’