More than 48 hours after being reported missing on the Westside, a 6-year-old boy and his 5-year-old sister were found safe.
Braxton Williams and Bri’ya Williams were found at 3:35 p.m. According to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, in the dense forest about 400 meters north of their Paradise Village trailer home.
Police officers and an urban search and rescue team from the fire department found the children after hearing a voice while searching in the woods. Following three days in the forest, the children are “happy and talkative,” said Fire Chief Keith Powers.
The children have since been taken for assessment at UF Hospital. Williams said the children are in “good shape” apart from being a little dehydrated and having some bumps and bruises.
“It’s a Christmas miracle and it’s a blessing,” an investigator with JSO said. “A lot of hard work had been done and thank God for it.”
City Councilman Randy White thanked the community for helping searchers.
As to how they got away from home and into the jungle, Williams said their investigators would find out as they speak to them. Nobody knows how long they have been in the old pump house so far, said the sheriff.
Sheriff Mike Williams said he did not expect charges against the family to be brought, adding that the parents were helpful in the investigation.