“I’m like, ‘Wow, praise God.'”
When Tim Halfin learned from a Bible study about a missing child in the thick woods of southeast Texas, he said God told him to look for the child.
In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, Halfin said he can only credit “divine” intervention for leading him on Saturday to find 3-year-old Christopher Ramirez, who survived nearly three full days alone in the woods in Grimes County, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.
After hearing about the child’s disappearance, Halfin said he was walking in the woods around 11:45 a.m. Saturday near his home in Plantersville. About 10 feet inside, he heard what sounded like a child’s whimper.
“I said, ‘Christopher, is that you?'” Halfin said. “Then he speaks again, and I say, ‘Hey, praise God.'”
Halfin said Christopher was calm and healthy.
“I do not know what to make of it. The only thing I know is that he was found safe and sound,” Halfin said. “When I took him, he was still talking. He was not shaking, he was not nervous. The things I would expect. Maybe he just felt, ‘I have been found’.”
Halfin said he picked up the boy who had thrown away his clothes and was completely naked, and called 911. The sheriff’s deputies took Christopher’s mother, Araceli Nunez, to him.
Showing a photo of the smiling little boy after he was reunited with his mother, Halfin said, “That’s what it’s all about right there.”
“That’s why everyone prayed. That’s why God put it on my heart to go and see that reunite that boy with him mother,” Halfin said.
Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said Halfin found Christopher about five miles from the child’s home, where he disappeared after following a neighbor’s dog into the woods.
The boy is being treated for dehydration and minor scratches on his face at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, and officials said he could be sent home sometime Monday.
“He should be the ultimate Army Ranger, Navy SEAL, Air Force when he wants to grow up,” Sowell said. “He has already passed the first test.”
Christopher disappeared around noon. 13.30 on Wednesday when Nunez carried groceries into her house from his car.
The sheriff’s office immediately arranged a search party after a neighbor told them she saw the little boy following a dog into the woods.
Using drones, aircraft, K-9 units and numerous volunteer searchers on foot, the rescue party combed the forest night and day, but showed no sign of the child.
“They told me, ‘We did not feel we could sleep because we knew he was not sleeping and that he was not found,'” Halfin said of search-and-rescue volunteers and police officers.
“I think the story is not to give up hope,” Halfin said. “Even though things look bleak, there’s always tomorrow.”