Three children who became lost in the Sam Houston National Forest overnight were found safe by a good Samaritan, who called 911.
The children went missing last Thursday, Sept. 30. After deviating from the main track to play in a dry brook, the trio—two aged six and one seven became disoriented in the woods. They went missing just before 8 p.m. near the 20800 block of Julie Lane in Montgomery County’s Flamingo Lake subdivision.
According to Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials, neighborhood kids frequently utilize the trail to keep them off the main road.
Several law enforcement agencies were called in to aid in the search, which included helicopters, drones, tracking dogs, and off-road vehicles.
Despite police requesting locals to remain out of the search effort so the regions would not get ‘polluted’ as officials sought to find the children, police claim a local guy who was highly familiar with the woodland went searching for them Friday morning after learning they were gone.
Around 9.30 a.m. the following day, a man who wanted to remain anonymous discovered the youngsters in a dry creek bed about a mile from where officials believe they entered the forest, roughly 400 yards off a forest road in the area, reported Daily Mail.
The kind Samaritan then dialed 911 to inform authorities that he had located the children. The individual requested anonymity since he did not want any public attention or acclaim for his good deed.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Jason Smith was in charge of removing the children from the forest. Although the trio was hungry and thirsty, they were not injured.
Once the children were in Smith’s care, the volunteer looked at him and said: “Ain’t Jesus good?”
“He’s good,” Sgt. Smith replied before addressing the kids.
“I’m the police. Are y’all ready to get out of the woods?”
“I’m really hungry right now,” one child replied.
“We’re going to get something to eat,” Sgt. Smith told the kids, suggesting the kids would get cheeseburgers.
On Friday morning, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough turned to social media to announce that the children had been recovered, commending police and first responders for their efforts during the search.
“All three kids have been located safe. EMS has checked them out and they are at home with mom and dad.” He also thanked Sgt. Smith personally.
“Special thanks to… Deputy Smith who gets promoted today. He noted that Smith ‘went into thicket conditions and helped guide the kids to safety.”