A Texas Good Samaritan has shared how he found the three-year-old boy that had been missing in the woods for three days naked, but alive and ‘calm.’
The rescuer, who gave his name as Tim, also revealed that he was inspired to search after for Christopher Ramirez after members of a Bible study class prayed for a ‘miracle.’
Christopher Ramirez was feared kidnapped after he chased a puppy into a wooded area while his family was unloading groceries from their car on Wednesday. But he was found Saturday morning about six and a half miles from his home ‘tired,’ ‘hungry’ and ‘dehydrated,’ but in ‘overall good spirits,’ Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell told 6 ABC.
Over 200 search and rescue teams had searched through the woods to find him. ‘There had been a lot of people in this community praying for this little boy,’ the Good Samaritan who found him said. ‘Many had given up hope. The story is don’t give up hope.’
Christopher Ramirez was found on Saturday afternoon in woods near his home. He is pictured in the back search and rescue vehicle in the arms of his mother as they reunited
Little Christopher had been playing with a neighbor’s dog and was seen running after it towards some woods near the house. A Texas Good Samaritan has shared how he found the three-year-old boy naked, but alive and ‘calm.’ He is seen in the arms of his mother Araceli Nunez after being rescued
Christopher went missing from the 10000 Block of Deer Park Lane and was found near the 7700 block of FM 1486, north of State Expressway 249. A Good Samaritan, who only went by Tim, said he was just a mile down ‘the pipeline’ in the woods outside his house when he found the boy
The resident, described by police as ‘kind and humble,’ went only by Tim and declined to release his identity. He shared with Click2Houston how he was less than a mile down ‘the pipeline’ in the woods outside his house when he found the boy ‘unscathed.’
‘He wasn’t shaking, he wasn’t nervous. He was calm,’ Tim said.
The night before, Tim was in a community Bible study when he first heard the story mention by members who asked that the group pray for he be reunited, safely, with his mother.
The next morning, he said he felt ‘prompted by the Spirit’ to comb the woods for Christopher and found him in just under two hours.
He added, ‘I was walking up the pipeline and I heard a noise, but it sounded like maybe it could be an animal in distress. Sometimes a deer will do that … So I’m walking a bit further and I’m listening hard. I’m wanting to hear a child. Then I hear what sounds like a human child in distress, but I couldn’t understand the words. As it turns out, he only speaks Spanish. But every time I heard, I yelled out Hello! Hello!’
The Grimes County Sheriff’s office confirmed that Christopher is recovering at Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands
Christopher was ‘tired,’ ‘dehydrated’ and ‘hungry, but ‘overall in good spirits,’ when he was found. It’s still not clear how the child survived after 72 hours alone in the woods
Tim called police who responded and help him look, before he eventually found Christopher. He said, ‘I picked him up and he was totally naked, no shoes, no clothing, nothing. He might have had a few scratches, but I didn’t check him out to see. But he was unscathed. Three days without food or water.’
Tim added, ‘God is still in the miracle business. He’s still answering prayer.’
Christopher went missing from the 10000 Block of Deer Park Lane and was found near the 7700 block of FM 1486, north of State Expressway 249.
The Grimes County Sheriff’s office confirmed that he is recovering at Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands, where he will stay for a short period of time for observation.
Sherriff Sowell told 6 ABC, ‘He was in good shape, for the most part. For the conditions being down in the woods … he’ll be the ultimate Army Ranger, Navy SEAL, Air Force when he [grows up], but he’s already passed the first test.’
It’s still not clear how the child survived after 72 hours alone in the woods. ‘He’s drinking lots of water, but he’s good,’ Sowell said once he was found. ‘He’s alive, laughing, cutting up, crying. His mom is crying. He’s in good shape.’
His disappearance set off a massive search effort, including local law enforcement, the FBI and EquuSearch
The child disappeared Wednesday afternoon from his yard near Plantersville, about 60 miles northwest of Houston.
His disappearance set off a massive search effort, including local law enforcement, the FBI and EquuSearch.
On Thursday, the boy’s mother, Araceli Nunez, said she believed her son was kidnapped and she pleaded for his safe return.
He was found not far from where authorities had been searching, Sowell said.
‘Hardly no clues to go on, we were running on prayers, four-wheel drive and overdrive to be honest with you because we had nothing else,’ Sowell said. ‘We had nothing else.’
‘In my 21 years with Equusearch, this is only the second time when we had a child like this. Today, this morning, honestly, I gave up,’ Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller told KHOU.
‘But thank God — it’s amazing, I got goosebumps. It’s so amazing. To see him and to hear that loud cry, it was just unbelievable.’
The sheriff said there was no sign of foul play or an abduction but that investigators had been looking at all possibilities and had even drained nearby ponds in the search for clues.
Araceli Nunez begged on Thursday for help to find her missing son, and said she believed her son was snatched from the woods
A team of FBI agents are pictured working with Grimes County sheriff’s office as they to try and find Christopher
The boy was last seen running into woods near the family’s home