Sheriff: Foul play not suspected in case of missing Grimes County child

PLANTERSVILLE, Texas (KBTX) – The Grimes County Sheriff’s Office and many other volunteer groups and first responders continue searching for a missing child in the Plantersville area and the sheriff says they will not rest until he’s located.

Sheriff Don Sowell says 3-year-old Christopher Ramirez chased a neighbor’s dog into the woods Wednesday afternoon and has since been missing.

The child was last seen between 1:30-2 p.m. Wednesday in the 10000 block of Deer Park Circle. That’s east of FM 1774 near Mill Creek north of Todd Mission.

“At this time there’s no foul play suspected,” said Sheriff Sowell. The sheriff says every place they can possibly think of has been searched in that area including the handful of homes in the area. They’re also checking as many vehicles as possible since the family says he likes to go into cars.

Ramirez was wearing a bright green shirt, unknown color shorts, and red Mickey Mouse shoes. He’s about 3 feet tall, has brown eyes and hair, and weighs about 40-45 pounds.

Sheriff Sowell says when Ramirez disappeared, he was with members of his family who had just returned to the home from selling food and drinks on the side of a road at a different location. They were unpacking things from their vehicle while the child was playing with the neighbor’s dog. Sheriff Sowell says the family was distracted with the unpacking for only a few moments and when they turned around Ramirez had disappeared. According to Sheriff Sowell, a family member and a neighbor saw him go into the woods. The dog eventually came out of the woods but Ramirez did not.

Multiple agencies are there assisting with the searching including area law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and there was a DPS helicopter that has been used to help search by air. Search dogs have also been brought in and teams are using drones and being sent into the woods in groups to search as much ground as possible.

The Sheriff says no help is being turned away at this time, but the search area is a controlled area.

Anyone with information about the child should call the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office at 936-873-2151.

The Amber Alert Network Brazos Valley organization is assisting with the search, but an Amber Alert is not issued because there’s no indication Ramirez has been abducted.

Written by Adrienne DeMossRusty Surette and Andy Krauss

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