Three-year-old Christopher Ramirez was found alive and healthy near his Texas home after being missing for three days. The man who found Ramirez told police that God told him to look for the boy, and that if he did, he would find him.
Ramirez went missing last Wednesday after following a neighbor’s dog into the woods while his mother, Araceli Nunez, was unloading groceries from the car. The dog returned, but Ramirez did not.
While Ramirez was missing, his mother pleaded with the community to help find her son. “I am asking you all to please help and find my son. I don’t know anything about him, and a lot of time has passed. I don’t know what to do. Please everyone help me,” Nunez said during a press conference on Thursday. “I’m desperate and my heart has a hole in it. Please bring back my son. Please help me.”
The search for Ramirez was assisted by the search and recovery organization Texas EquuSearch. Search crews included FBI personnel and community members who canvassed the wooded area surrounding Ramirez’s home. They later expanded the search perimeter after not finding the boy.
After three days of searching, Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell announced in a Facebook post on Saturday that Ramirez had been found, saying that the “kind and humble citizen that (sic) found Christopher was indeed a special and Guardian Angel that was in the right place at the right time.”
Sowell went on to say that the man who found Ramirez preferred to remain anonymous. In response to Sowell’s expression of gratitude during a conversation with the man, Sowell reported that the man “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.”
According to Sowell, Ramirez was “a bit tired and dehydrated as well as hungry,” but in “overall good spirits and healthy.” Sowell added, “He will be observed and monitored for a period of time by the professionals at Texas Children’s Hospital.”
The police have ruled out foul play, and members of Ramirez’s family are not persons of interest in the case.