3-year-old boy missing in national forest north of Houston


After almost a 24-hour search for a missing boy in Sam Houston National Forest, officials confirm the child has been found safe.

"Ezra was just found in the national forest and he's been brought to the command post".

Firefighters and Walker County officers are now searching the Sam Houston National Forest near the Stubblefield Lake area.

Emergency personnel from across the region and state soon joined in as the search area expanded and continued to search overnight, both from the ground and from the air.

The parents were pitching their tent when the boy wandered away from them and his two older siblings, 9 and 11, KTRK-TV reported Sunday.

The boy, identified only by his first name, Ezra, was found by searchers Sunday afternoon in heavy brush about 400 yards (365.63 meters) from his family campsite. They're hoping to find him before a possible storm hits the area tonight.

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According to Jimmy Williams with the New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department, visitors were asked not to enter the forest while canine units search the area.

DPS helicopters and officials are searching the woods for the child.

"When you've got a small child missing, you're looking under any bush, log, behind everything,"Tim Miller of EquuSearch said."We're already 24 hours out it's very tedious, very hot and it's hard".

Miller also emphasized that no volunteers are needed at this time, as the area they are searching can be risky and cause accidents.

'We need to search for this child, we don't want to search for missing rescuers as well'. "We've got plenty of experienced people out here".