Hope was starting to wear thin as the search for a missing 3-year-old boy entered its fourth day in southeastern Texas.
A 3-year-old boy who went missing after wandering into the woods was found alive and safe on Saturday, rescuers confirmed, ending a frantic four-day search.
As the women were unloading the car, the boy, who was wearing a bright green shirt and Mickey Mouse shoes, chased a neighbor’s puppy out of sight of the adults.
When the dog returned and Christopher did not, the family and their neighbors began searching for him. After about 20 minutes with no luck, the family contacted the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.
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.
The man who found him, whose name is Tim, told the sheriff that God had told him at bible study the day before that he would find the boy if he went searching.
“Last night I was in a Bible study that we have every other Friday and there were a number of people talking about this little boy that’s been lost, and it was news to me,” the man who found the boy told Click2Houston.
“This is the first I’d heard of it. I’m not paying attention to news or anything, and I was prompted then by the Spirit to say ‘you will go look for that boy. You will search the woods.’”
“So, I got up this morning, did my Bible study, devotional time, prayer time, like I try to do everyday and my wife came in and said ‘what are you going to do today?’ And I said ‘I’m going to go out in the woods and see if I can find that boy.’ And I did.”
The good Samaritan said he was walking along a pipeline near the edge of the woods when he heard a noise that turned out to be the boy.
“I picked him up and he was totally naked — No shoes, no clothing, nothing … Three days without food or water … I picked him up and he wasn’t shaking, he wasn’t nervous,” Tim told Click2Houston. “He was calm.”