Missing 3-year-old boy found safe in national forest, in the vicinity of Houston

A 3-year-old boy went missing in the extensive Sam Houston National Forest, in the vicinity of Houston was found safe Sunday after a massive search.

“Ezra is found alive!!!” the New Waverly Fire department said on Facebook.

The boy was missing for 23 hours. He was about 2 pm on Sunday.

The search resumed at daybreak Sunday.

Authorities that the toddler only with his first name. The authorities were afraid that he may suffer from heat exhaustion and dehydration. The temperatures are in the 90s with high humidity.

The parents were setting up the tent when the boy ran away from them and his two older brothers and sisters, 9 and 11, KTRK-TV reported Sunday.

“The track of the dogs and our teams are in the forest,” Fire Capt. Jimmy Williams told Fox 26 Houston late Saturday. “It is pitch black out here and there are thousands of acres. We are looking for and we’re expanding that search, and we will be here all night long.”

The forest is spread over three counties, about 60 miles north of Houston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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