"This is still a rescue. It is not a recovery," the sheriff said. "We are still looking for that young man."
A family in Texas is desperately urging the public to help them find 3-year-old Christopher Ramirez after the little boy went missing.
On the day he disappeared, Christopher was out playing with the neighbor's dog before he followed the canine into a wooded area in Houston in the afternoon at around 1:30 pm. His mother, Araceli Nunez, was handling the groceries from her car after a shopping trip when the boy ran after the dog into the woods at FM-1774 near Foxfire Road in Grimes County.
The mother then ran after Christopher and tried looking for him in the woods but couldn't find the child. A few hours later, the neighbor's dog returned at around 8:30 pm, but unfortunately, Christopher did not make it back.
"Please help me," the heartbroken mother said through tears at a press conference, as quoted by the Daily Mail. "I feel as though someone took him and is hiding him. I don't have any enemies."
Absolutely heartbreaking. Christopher Ramirez’s mother is pleading for help finding her son. He’s been missing for more than 24 hours.— Marcelino Benito (@MarcelinoKHOU) October 7, 2021
She says her heart is broken. She says she feels someone took her son. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/XDq7KJBwLO
So far, investigators are still treating Christopher's case as a rescue mission and are holding on to every bit of hope that the case does not turn into a recovery mission.
The last time Christopher was spotted, he was reportedly wearing a bright green shirt, shorts (unknown color), and red Mickey Mouse shoes. Details also revealed that the three-foot-tall boy has brown hair and brown eyes, and he weighs 40-45 pounds.
"We're now re-going back to square one to think about if we missed anything," said Donald Sowell from Grimes County Sheriff. "We canvased the neighborhood yesterday. Three times. Four times. Everything is fitting into place but we have not found the boy."
A child is missing and @TxDPSSoutheast Troopers are assisting the Grimes Co. Sheriff’s Office & other agencies to locate three year old Christopher Ramirez.— TxDPS - Southeast Texas Region (@TxDPSSoutheast) October 7, 2021
Anyone with information, please contact the Grimes Co. Sheriff’s Office at 936-873-2151. pic.twitter.com/UYNdiEAoNk
Sowell also said that they checked the homes of two registered sex offenders in the area but found nothing.
In response to the mother's fears of her son being abducted, Sowell said, as quoted by ABC 13, "She had emotions running rapid and she felt that way but we have no facts, no clues, or no evidence of that being true."
Tim Miller, working with Texas EquuSearch, also said they are hoping to find Christopher soon and have no reason, so far, to suspect foul play in the case.
"We know where he's not. We're holding to hope that we're going to get him back," Miller said. "The one fact is that he's missing. We really don't know what happened. There's a lot of speculation. We don't have anything. We'll be here until we find him or until we run out of every resource possible."
As part of the search for the little boy, rescue teams drained one pond and searched three water bodies in the area to find no traces of Christopher.
"He's not in the lake. That's good news," Sowell revealed. "This is still a rescue. It is not a recovery. We are still looking for that young man."
Continuing to stay hopeful, Sowell said, as quoted by 25newskrhd, "We will continue to search for him until he is found. We will stay out here until he is found."
Anyone with helpful information is urged to contact the Grimes County Sheriff's Office at (936) 873-215.
Cover image source: Texas EquuSearch/Facebook