GRIMES COUNTY, Texas — 8:00 P.M.
Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell insisted in a press conference Thursday night that the search for Christopher Ramirez is still very much a “rescue.” He said every single law enforcement agency, first responder agency and volunteer search team is dedicated to finding the toddler and returning him to his mother’s arms.
While Sheriff Sowell said there is no evidence to indicate Christopher has been abducted, authorities are not ruling anything out. They have questioned people in the area as to what they may have seen the day the boy went missing, even checked on two known sex offenders in the area. Sowell said the two people were cleared of any connection to the disappearance.
Sowell said if he had to estimate, there is roughly 125 to 150 people actively looking for Christopher. Tim Miller, with Texas EquuSearch, said it is important to stick to the facts in a case like this. While it is unknown just how far a 3-year-old could get on his own, they will hold on to hope that Christopher is still alive and well.
Authorities said little has changed in the last four to five hours since Araceli Nunez, the mother of 3-year-old Christopher Ramirez, pleaded for help in finding her son.
We are now in hour 29 and there is still no sign of the toddler. More than two dozen agencies are working around the clock but as light began to fade on day 2, authorities said they are no closer to finding out what happened to the boy.
However, Sheriff Don Sowell said, they all refuse to give up.
In an interview with KAGS News, Christina Garza, who is with the FBI, answered several questions many people are asking about the investigation. She said search and rescue teams continue to work in the area because the boy hasn’t yet been found.
The mother of Christopher Ramirez, the toddler who has been missing from his Grimes County home for 24 hours now, said she had only taken her eyes off her son for two minutes before he vanished.
She said the second she noticed he was gone, she began to run and began yelling his name but she never heard a response.
Araceli Nunez is begging for the public to help her find her son. Because he has been gone for this long and has not been found, she said she believes someone has taken him and is hiding him.
Sheriff Don Sowell said at this time, there is not evidence Christopher was abducted, but authorities are exploring every possibility. In his 23 years in Grimes County, Sheriff Sowell said he has never seen or heard anything like this.
Nearly two dozen agencies are now at the scene, helping to search. The sheriff has asked at this time that citizens do not show up to search. If volunteers are needed, the sheriff will make a formal call.
Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said there is no new information on the search for 3-year-old Christopher Ramirez. Ramirez has been missing since 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The FBI has arrived on scene and several agencies continue to form search parties in an effort to cover as much ground as possible. Sheriff Sowell said there are no new leads in the case at this time.
Several law enforcement agencies continued their search for 3-year-old Christopher Ramirez throughout the night. Sheriff Don Sewell told KAGS News late Tuesday night crews would not stop until Ramirez is found.
Here’s what we know:
- Authorities were called to the 10000 block of Deer Park Lane near Plantersville in Grimes County just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.
- Authorities were told Christopher Ramirez, 3, was last seen chasing a neighbor’s dog near a wooded area of the Firefox subdivision.
- Ramirez was last seen wearing a lime green shirt and red Mickey Mouse shoes. It is not known what color his shorts were.
- Several law enforcement agencies from around the Brazos Valley, including the TDCJ and DPS responded to the scene to help search. There are K9 officers on the scene, drones and a helicopter from DPS to help. Groups of civilians have also come to volunteer to search, however, there is not a formal call by law enforcement for volunteers at this time.
- It is known Ramirez likes to play in and around vehicles, according to his family.
- The dog Ramirez was last seen chasing returned home.
- Dive and rescue teams are on the scene to search any bodies of water within the search grid.
- At this time, Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said they do not suspect foul play and believe Ramirez to be close by.
Written by Erin Wencl (KAGS), Epiphany La’Sha, Cierra Villarreal, Jacob Reyes