3 year old Ezra went missing from a family camping trip at the Sam Houston National Forest on Saturday afternoon.
“Ezra was just found in the national forest and he’s been brought to the command post,” said Jimmy Williams on behalf of the New Waverly Fire Department. “He’s alert, smiling and reported to be in good condition. A great day, a great effort. We appreciate everyone’s support.”
After an exhaustive search, little Ezra’s scent was picked up by a search dog, and shortly thereafter, rescuers heard the tiny hiker answering their calls. He was inside some tall brush, a good mile from the campsite where his agonized family had lost him.
After a preliminary medical checkup, Ezra was taken to a nearby hospital for a more thorough exam. He has been declared healthy and unscathed.
“We were hoping for the best and expecting the worst,” said Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch. “I’m speechless right now.”
Over 200 specialized searchers spent almost an entire day combing the woods of Sam Houston National Forest on Sunday. Trails were traced for clues. Even some ponds were searched using sonar in fears that the worst may have befallen the curious little camper.
Sam Houston National Forest covers approximately 255 square miles of land about 50 miles north of Houston. It is largely wooded with multiple ponds in addition to Lake Conroe.
Thank God, Ezra is safe, and his family and friends are now hugging him all the tighter.