Missing boy, 3, found safe days after he vanished while following dog into woods

A toddler has been found safe after getting lost in the woods for four days, rescuers have confirmed.

Christopher Ramirez, 3, was found by a landowner near Texas State Highway 249, outside of Magnolia in Montgomery County.

The three-year-old was reunited with his mother, Araceli Nunez, and taken to hospital to be evaluated, ABC7 reports.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said the child was found at 11:45am (local time) on Saturday and was dehydrated.

Texas EquuSearch, a search and rescue organisation dedicated to searching for missing persons, shared a photo of him shirtless in a car, being cradled by a woman, but did not provide any further details.

Sheriff Sowell said there was no evidence of foul play and family members were not persons of interest at the present moment.

According to authorities the boy was playing with a neighbour’s dog on Wednesday while his mother unloaded the groceries from her car.

Christopher followed the dog into the woods but did not return when the dog did.

In the ensuing days a search and rescue investigation got underway, involving multiple agencies including the FBI, with hundreds of people searching the woods.

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Nunez had pleaded with the public for help in finding her son at a press conference on Thursday.

She said: "I am asking you all to please help and find my son. I don't know anything about him, and a lot of time has passed. I don't know what to do. Please everyone help me.

"I'm desperate and my heart has a hole in it. Please bring back my son, please help me.”

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