NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The parents of Lane Graves, 2, who drowned in a man-made lake after being dragged into the water by an alligator have broken their silence.
Matt and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska issued a statement about the horrifying incident at Walt Disney World obtained by ABC News.
"Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son. We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time. To all of the local authorities and staff who worked tirelessly these past 24 hours, we express our deepest gratitude,” said the Graves.
On Thursday, the medical examiner in Orlando, Florida deemed the cause of death was from drowning and traumatic injuries.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said "it was a tough message to deliver" to Matt and Melissa Graves, that their child was dead.
Demings said charges were unlikely, as there was no indication the parents committed any crime that contributed to the reptile grabbing their son.
The boy's body was discovered intact Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he was snatched from the shore of a lake.
The Graves along with their four-year-old daughter were vacationing at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the time of incident.
A GoFundMe page was set up for the family which had raised more than $50,000 by Friday morning.