Texas toddler who disappeared from home while playing with dog found alive, sheriff confirms

A 3-year-old boy, who was missing from Texas since Wednesday afternoon, has been found alive.
Don Sowell, Grimes County Sheriff, told NBC News that Christopher Ramrez had been found Saturday morning at 11:15 a.m. after a citizen called him after hearing some noises.

Image: Christopher Ramirez, missing child (Grimes County Sheriff's Office).

Sowell stated that it looked like a little boy had wandered off into the woods. He also said that he was located almost five miles from his Plantersville home.

Araceli Nez, the boy's mother, has already been reunited with him. Sowell stated that Christopher appeared to be in good health and was taken to a children’s hospital as a precaution.

Since Wednesday, more than 150 law enforcement officers from different agencies, search organizations and volunteers have been searching for Christopher.

The search party also inspected numerous water tanks and reservoirs. They conducted ground searches using K-9 units, and surveyed the area using drones and helicopters. Officials also looked at surveillance footage taken from nearby houses.

On Friday afternoon, search operations were halted as authorities waited to receive tips via 911 calls or their dispatch center.

Christopher disappeared at first while his mother and another relative were loading groceries from their car. On Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, Christopher was outside playing with his dog and chased it away from the adults.

The dog returned to his home, but the boy didn't.