A 3-year-old boy who went missing in East Texas on Wednesday was found alive and well around noon Saturday just five miles from his home, the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office announced.
Christopher Ramirez’s mother and grandmother were unloading their car at the family home Wednesday afternoon when the little boy disappeared, and a neighbor saw him chasing a dog down the street, according to Fox 26 Houston.
The Grimes County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI field office in Houston, Texas Equusearch volunteers and other groups had been searching for Ramirez for four days before someone who lives nearby found him in a dense forest on Saturday.
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“We found little Christopher about five and a half miles from here,” Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell told reporters on Saturday.
“He was in good shape, good health. Now they are checking him. He is on his way to the hospital and is drinking a lot of water. His mother is with him.”
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Grimes County Judge Joe Fauth said the forests surrounding the area are so dense that “Davy Crocket would have had a little trouble getting through.”
“I made a crack yesterday. I said we’re going to solve this at 2 on Saturday,” Fauth said in the search area. “Well thank you dear God, we solved it two hours before and solved it with the happiest ending we can think of.”