The man who found a three-year-old boy who had been missing for three days in the woods said he was divinely inspired to search for the child.
Tim Halfin was at his Bible study in Texas on Friday night, when he said that God told him to go look for Christopher Ramirez, the little boy who had gone missing on Wednesday after following a neighbor’s dog into the thick woods near his home in rural Grimes County.
Halfin went looking for the child around 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, when “divine” intervention led him to the whimpering boy just 10 yards into the thicket near his home in Plantersville, he told ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday.
“I said, ‘Christopher is that you?’” Halfin told ABC. “Then he speaks again and I’m like, ‘Whoa, praise God.’”
Christopher was calm and healthy, but completely naked, having removed his clothing at some point during his three-day survival, Halfin said. Halfin picked the boy up and called 911. Sheriff’s officers brought Christopher’s mother, Araceli Nunez, to him.
“I don’t know what to make of it. All I know is he was found safe,” Halfin said on Good Morning America. “When I picked him up, he was still talking. He wasn’t shaking, he wasn’t nervous. The things I would expect. Maybe he just sensed, ‘I’ve been found.’”
Christopher was treated for dehydration and some small scratches on his face at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston with his family, officials said. He could be sent home as soon as Monday.
“That’s why everybody was praying. That’s why God laid it on my heart to go look, to reunite that boy with his mom,” Halfin said.
Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said Christopher had been found about 5 miles from his home. Officials are not sure how the boy survived three days alone in the wilderness.
“He ought to be the ultimate Army Ranger, Navy SEAL, Air Force when he wants to grow up,” Sowell told ABC. “He’s already passed the first test.”
He went missing on Wednesday after following a neighbor’s dog into the woods while his parents unloaded their food truck in the driveway. The dog returned, but Christopher never did, prompting a major search effort by law enforcement and volunteers.
“They told me, ‘We didn’t feel like we could sleep because we knew he wasn’t sleeping and he wasn’t found,’” Halfin said of search-and-rescue volunteers and law enforcement officers.
“I think the story is do not give up hope,” Halfin said. “Even though things look bleak, there’s always tomorrow.”