A missing 3-year-old Texas boy was found in the woods miles away from his parents’ house, three days after he disappeared.
Christopher Ramirez had last been seen by his family on Wednesday when he chased a neighbor’s dog into the woods around 2 p.m. while his parents were unpacking their food truck.
The dog returned, but Christopher never did, prompting a major search by local agencies, Texas EquuSearch, and the FBI’s Houston office as well as volunteers.
Christopher was found around 11 a.m. on Saturday “a bit dehydrated as well as hungry and in overall good spirits and healthy,” Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said in a statement on social media on Saturday evening.
It was not yet clear how exactly the toddler survived on his own.
He was recovering at Texas Children’s Hospital in Woodlands “with his mother by his side.”
The man who found him, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told the sheriff that God had told him at bible study the day before that he would find the boy if he went searching.
“The kind and humble citizen that found Christopher was indeed a special and Guardian Angel that was in the right place at the right time. He is a humble and kind man that did not want his name mentioned,” Sowell said.
“I had several good visits with him and thanked him for being there. He replied that God told him at Bible study yesterday evening to go look for him and he would find him. This morning the man did just that and the rest is a happy ending to this story.”
Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller told KHOU that he had been ready to give up the desperate search for Christopher.
“In my 21 years with EquuSearch, this is only the second time when we had a child like this. Today, this morning, sheriff, honestly, I gave up,” Miller said. “But God works amazing, I got goosebumps. He works amazing. To see him and to hear that loud cry, sheriff, it was just unbelievable.”