Forensic dentist steps forward and says claim that officials ‘got the gator’ in Disney attack has no teeth

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A week after the heartbreaking news that 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World reopened its beaches to guests after authorities say they got the reptile responsible for the attack.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a carefully worded statement that it “is confident that the alligator responsible for the attack has been removed,” CNN reported.

The FWC said “trappers humanely removed six alligators from the area,” including two “capable” of the attack.

People Magazine reported:

In collaboration with FWC subject matter experts and a forensic odontologist, FWC law enforcement investigators determined that three of the six alligators removed were of the correct size to have taken Lane.

Of those three, two were in close enough proximity to the incident that could have killed the toddler.

“While results of a bite were inconclusive, subject matter experts were able to conclude that either of the two suspect alligators captured near the attack site were capable of inflicting the observed wounds,” the FWC said in a statement.


And while it’s understandable that Disney wants to reassure guests that the alligator is no longer lurking in the lagoon, the attending forensic dentist wasn’t helpful in the endeavor.

Dr. Kenneth Cohrn insisted that there was no way to “isolate a specific animal.”

People reported:

Dr. Kenneth Cohrn, who examined Lane’s body postmortem (not the alligators), says the case had little evidence, and there was no way to “isolate a specific animal.”

“They could have had 50 alligators there, but if you don’t have adequate information to match the teeth to the bite wounds, there’s nothing to look at,” Dr. Cohrn tells PEOPLE.

“I do believe it was a smaller sized one. Two [of the alligators trapped] were small, less than five feet. It could have been one of those,” says Dr. Cohrn. “But there is no science behind that. We really couldn’t make an identification.”


The FWC doesn’t exactly confirm that they are no more gators in the area.

“Round-the-clock monitoring and trapping efforts have not produced alligators of the size capable of the attack since June 16,” is what the commission did say.

Which helps explain actions Disney has taken since the attack, to include this sign now posted warning guests to stay away from the water’s edge.


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