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Missing Grimes County child found alive in woods

KBTX confirms Christopher Ramirez was found in the woods near FM 1486
Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 12:07 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2021 at 12:21 PM CDT
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PLANTERSVILLE, Texas (KBTX) - A missing Grimes County three-year-old has been found alive in the woods four days after walking away from his parents, the Grimes County Sheriff confirms.

Grimes County Judge Joe Fauth addressed the media shortly before noon with the news everyone had been waiting and praying to hear said Fauth.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said a citizen called authorities after hearing something outside. Crews responded and found Christopher Ramirez in the woods near the 7700 block of FM 1486.

Sowell says he spoke with the man that found Christopher.

The man, who chooses to stay nameless, told Sowell, God told him at Bible study Friday evening to go look for Christopher. Saturday morning the man starting searching in the area and found the boy.

Grimes County authorities said Christopher was about five miles away from the house.

Sowell says seeing Christopher reunited with his mother is a feeling he will never forget.

“It was wonderful to get that call saying I think we have him, and to see him alive and drinking water,” said Sowell. “He was excited. To see his mother embrace him was just very touching.”

Grimes County Sheriff’s Investigator James Ellis worked alongside Sheriff Sowell and help lead the investigations and search and rescue efforts.

“There’s not normally a situation where you have a three-year-old child who has been gone almost 72 hours with no food, no water, no shelter, trucking through woods in this Texas heat,” said Ellis.

He says despite the tough days and nights he along with over 200 search and rescues teams and over 40 local, state, and federal agencies never lost hope.

“The messages that I received, emails that I received from individuals, who are all basically telling us to give up hope,” said Ellis. " Never at any, any point in time did we ever lose faith in the fact that we were going to find Christopher before we left this location.”

The Grimes County Sheriff’s office has confirmed Christopher is now under the care of doctors and nurses at Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands.

Officials say the child is tired, dehydrated, and hungry, but in good spirits and overall healthy. The boy will stay at the hospital for a period of time for observation.

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