2 Year Old Toddler Missing After Alligator Drags Boy Away into the Water at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Update: Toddler Lane Graves Body Recovered)


A 2 year old boy is still missing after he was attacked and dragged into the water by an alligator at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday night around 9:20 pm. According to accounts, the Nebraska family of five was relaxing on the shoreline when the alligator attacked the boy. The father entered the water and tried to pry the child from the gator, but was unsuccessful.  Orange County Sheriff’s deputies are using sonar to search the man-made lake, with help from a helicopter and 10-person dive team. The alligator was said to be between 4 and 7 feet long.  The search continues for the child in the Seven Seas Lagoon for hours in a search and recovery effort but had not found him.

Jeff Williamson with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated, “We just want to keep searching and searching and searching until we can’t search anymore.” According to the press conference this morning, officials are still treating this as a search and rescue. Sadly, this does not look good at all.


A 2-year-old boy who was attacked and dragged into the water by an alligator on the shores of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday night was still missing early Wednesday morning.

Jeff Williamson with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the child had not been located. Deputies are in the water and air, calling it a search and rescue operation.

“Right now we’re going to bring in some fresh eyes and continue with the search,” Williamson said. “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.”

UPDATE I: 4 Alligators Found in nearby waters overnight … none involved with attack on missing boy.

Lane Graves

UPDATE II: The Body of 2 Year Old Lane Graves recovered by Divers.

Heart-breaking, simply unimaginably heart-breaking. The body of 2 year old Lane Graves was found by divers Wednesday about 6 feet beneath the water in the man made lagoon where the boy had been attacked by an alligator the night before.

The body of a 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort was found underwater, ending a desperate search that began as a rescue operation and eventually became a grim recovery effort, officials in Florida said.

Divers found the boy’s body “completely intact” Wednesday about six feet beneath the surface of the massive, man-made lagoon, not far from the area where he was attacked the previous night, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff identified the toddler as Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Neb. While a formal identification is pending, “there is no reason to believe that the body that was recovered is not that of Lane Graves,” Demings said.

34 Year Old Darcey Cottrell Missing Since 6/1/16 in Danville, Illinois (Update: Found Safe)

34 year old Darcey Cottrell has been missing since Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from Danville, IL. She was last seen outside her home on East Main Street. Darcey Cottrell is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing around 130 pounds. Also, the police say she was driving a green Ford Ranger with license plate number AN3826. She was supposedly headed to Discount Tobacco Warehouse, where she’s worked for the past two years. However, she never arrived.

Darcey Cottrell

Darcey Cottrell, 34, was last seen near her home in Danville, Illinois, on the afternoon of June 1, according to the station. Her mom says she left to go to work at 2:30 pm, but she never made it there.

“I was scared because my grandson thinks someone took her, and I don’t even want to think along those lines. But something’s going on,” Cottrell’s mother, Cindy Lowe, told WCIA.

Lowe says she saw her daughter the day before she went missing — and nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary.

“Everything was the same. We had some pizza together,” she told the station. “I had no red flags.”

Police say she was driving a green Ford Ranger with license plate number AN3826. She is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing around 130 pounds, according to the department’s Facebook page.

If anyone has any information on missing Darcey Cottrell, please contact the Danville Police Department at (217) 431 – 2250 or the Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446 – TIPS.

UPDATE I: Police Asking for Help in Search for Missing Illinois Woman Darcey Cottrell.

There are two Danville Police detectives assigned to the case, but little information is available to be released, according to Commander Jane McFadden who spoke with Dateline.

“We don’t know at this point if there is any foul play involved,” McFadden said. “We’re puzzle-piecing this thing together. We have to look at it first as the worst-case scenario. You never know what could have happened.”

Officials are asking anyone who may have seen or spoken to Darcey after 2:30 p.m. the last day she was seen, to phone police.

“If we have an established timeline, we’re more likely able to hopefully figure out what may have happened,” Commander McFadden told Dateline.

While police search, Darcey’s wide array of family and friends are leaving no stone unturned in their search for answers. Dozens of people turned out to search the areas surrounding Darcey’s neighborhood Saturday. The original posting Darcey’s mother made on Facebook, regarding her daughter’s disappearance, has also been shared more than 3,200 times.

“We just want her home safe for her sons and all her loved ones,” Darcey’s mother Cindy told Dateline. “If anyone has any information, we’re begging you to come forward.”

UPDATE II: Missing Illinois Mother Darcey Cottrell Found Safe.

Police confirmed Tuesday morning that a missing Illinois mother, who was last seen leaving for work, has been found safe.

Darcey Cottrell, who disappeared on June 1, was pulled over in another state on a traffic stop Tuesday morning, Commander Jane McFadden of the Danville Police Department told Dateline.

“She told officers that she was fine and not in any danger,” Commander McFadden said. “They provided us with a local address which we passed along to her family.”

Body Found in Farmersville, TX could be Missing Richardson Woman Jessie Bardwell


Richardson police have found  body in an isolated part of Collin County, Texas  Thursday evening in a heavily-wooded area along County Road 551 near Farmersville. The body was transferred to a medical examiner’s office to be positively identified; however, it is believed that this is Jessie Bardwell. Members of her family will be providing DNA. Jessie Bardwell has been missing for 10 days. She went missing on Mother’s Day. Her boyfriend, Jason Lowe, has already been charged with her murder based on blood and other evidence found in his muddy SUV in his garage.

Tips in the case of a missing woman led police to a body in an isolated part of Collin County.

Richardson police found the body Thursday evening in a heavily-wooded area along County Road 551 near Farmersville.

The discovery came as police worked tips in the Jessie Bardwell case. Electronic data from a car computer and a cellphone led them to the spot in Farmersville.

“This is not something you come across every day in a rural area. It’s something that may have been there for several days, maybe even weeks. And so certain expertise was required to handle this crime scene and we wanted to make sure that we had the best available to handle it,” said Sgt. Kevin Perlich, with the Richardson Police Department.

Bardwell has been missing for 10 days. She went missing on Mother’s Day and her boyfriend, Jason Lowe, is facing a murder charge based on blood and other evidence found in his muddy SUV in his garage.

EgyptAir Flight 804 Vanishes From Radar with 66 People Aboard … Terrorism or Mechanical Failure? (Update: Plane “Swerved and then Plunged”)

EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar.

CNN is reporting that EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard. There were 56 passengers, including one child two babies and 10 crew members. The plane disappeared from radar about 10 miles after entering Egyptian airspace. Search teams have been sent to last recorded location of the plane about 30-40 miles north of Egtpt’s coast. According to reports, weather conditions were clear and calm when the plane crossed over the Mediterranean Sea.

EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday.

The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. French President Francois Hollande said he had been told the flight crashed.

It’s too early in the investigation to say for sure what caused the disaster, and at this point experts say anything from mechanical failure to the terrorism is a possibility.

UPDATE I: Greece’s defense minister says, the plane “swerved and then plunged.”

A distress signal was detected in the general vicinity where the flight disappeared, said Capt. Ahmed Adel, a vice chairman at EgyptAir. The signal was detected at 4:26 a.m. — about 2 hours after the jet vanished, he said. Adel said the distress signal could have come from another vessel in the Mediterranean. But the Egyptian armed forces stressed that they had not received a distress call. There’s no confirmed information on the status of the missing plane, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said.

The EgyptAir flight “swerved and then plunged” before its descent into the Mediterranean, the Greek Defense Minister said during a news conference.

“At 3:37am local time, immediately after the aircraft entered Cairo airspace at 37,000 feet, the aircraft swerved 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right and descended from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet and then 10,000 feet, when we lost the signal,” Panos Kammenos told reporters in Athens.

UPDATE II: French President Says, Egyptair Jet From Paris to Cairo Crashed.

French President Francois Hollande told a press conference that the plane had crashed, but said it was too soon to speculate as to the cause.

“No hypothesis can be ruled out,” he said.

Egyptian and Greek authorities are searching for the plane, which was flying at an altitude of nearly 37,000 feet when it disappeared from radar shortly before it was due to land.

Almost immediately after entering Egyptian airspace the plane swerved sharply and then lost altitude before it dropped off radar, Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos told a press conference.

When the plane vanished it was about 175 miles away from Egypt’s coast, according to officials. [...]

Airbus — the maker of the plane — said in a statement that it regretted to confirm that “an A320 operated by Egyptair was lost” over the Mediterranean Sea.

French and Egyptian officials stressed they were closely cooperating to determine what caused the crash. Radar showed no adverse weather in the area at the time of the jet’s disappearance.

Egyptian and Greek authorities were focusing search efforts in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Greek military confirmed that one of its frigates and two of its aircraft were assisting in the operation about 130 nautical miles south-southeast of the island of Karpathos.

Was Terrorism to blame?

UPDATE III: Egypt’s prime minister says he can’t “rule out” the possibility that a terrorism.

Egypt’s prime minister says he can’t “rule out” the possibility that a terrorist attack brought the plane down. He says there was no “distress call” but there was a “signal” from the plane.

A search was launched to find the downed aircraft, but an Israeli newspaper quoted witnesses as saying they saw a fireball in the sky around the time the plane disappeared.

The Greek Defense Minister said the flight abrupt turns, suddenly lost altitude and then vanished from radar.

UPDATE IV: Egyptian minister says plane crash search widens.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said Egypt-Greek search for debris of crashed EgyptAir plane off Greek island of Karpathos is expanding.

Hours after the plane disappeared on Thursday, Fathi told reporters in Cairo that the diameter of the search area will widen, moving further south of the island.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s chief prosecutor Nabil Sadek says he has ordered an “urgent investigation” into crash of EgyptAir plane. Sadek instructed the National Security Prosecutor to open an “extensive investigation” in the incident.

2:15 p.m.
Greece’s defense minister, Panos Kammenos, says Greece has a submarine on standby which is participating in a NATO exercise about 100 miles (160 kms) away from the presumed crash area, while F-16 fighter jets stationed on Crete could also be used if necessary. The country already has a navy frigate, two military transport planes and a radar plane participating in the search and rescue operation, while he said Egypt had sent a C-130 military transport plane and two F-16s.

France is providing Falcon navy support aircraft, he said, while Greece has contacted the US and Russia, and the American side has offered and Greece has accepted the help of a maritime support aircraft.

9 Year Old Carlie Marie Trent Found Alive by Donnie Lawson & Roger Carpenter in Hawkins County, TN … Gary Simpson Arrested

Carlie Marie Trent found SAFE!!!

9 year old Carlie Trent was found safe yesterday by two men, Donnie Lawson and Roger Carpenter, in  Hawkins County, Tennessee. The two men were searching isolated areas in the back country of northeastern Tennessee on Thursday when they came upon Carlie Trent and her uncle, Gary Simpson. Roger Carpenter, a Baptists minister, held the uncle at gunpoint, while the other man, Donnie Lawson, called the authorities. Carlie Trent had been missing since May 4, when Simpson, an uncle by marriage,  picked the girl up from her elementary school in Rogersville.

Gary Simpson was arrested and taken into police custody. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn stated that the Gary Simpson is being charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and may face additional charges. According to accounts, Carlie appeared to be OK; however, she was taken to the hospital to be checked out and evaluated.

Carlie Trent

Two men searching the back country of northeastern Tennessee on Thursday found a 9-year-old girl who has been missing for more than week and held the uncle accused of abducting her at gunpoint until police arrived, authorities said.

Donnie Lawson and Roger Carpenter found Carlie Marie Trent in Hawkins County, the same rural part of the state she had disappeared from on May 4 after police said her uncle Gary Simpson took her out of school without permission, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said at a news conference.

Lawson and Carpenter were acting on law enforcement appeals to search isolated areas on all-terrain vehicles, Gwyn said. Carpenter, a Baptist minister, held Simpson at gunpoint while Lawson went to call police.

“This is just two heroes that went onto the property just to see, by chance, could they be there,” Gwyn said. “And they were.”

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