A three-year-old boy has gone missing after he wandered away from a campsite on Saturday afternoon.
Little Ezra, whose last name has not been released, was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue shorts and was camping with his family in the Sam Houston National Forest near Stubblefield Lake in Texas.
Officials worry the toddler may suffer from heat exhaustion and dehydration overnight.
Three-year-old Ezra (pictured), whose last name has not been released, went missing after he wandered away from a campsite in Texas on Saturday afternoon where he was camping with his family
The campsite where the boy was last seen was in a remote area and was not a formal campsite, which could complicate search efforts.
Rescue teams are currently grappling with thick brush and, unlike a missing adult, Ezra may not realize that search parties are out looking for him.
The New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department is currently using K-9s, and asking visitors to not enter the forest while canine units search the area.
‘Our tracking dogs work off the scent. The less scent that we can have in the woods, the better a chance that they can be successful in their search,’ Captain Jimmy Williams told KTRK.
‘We need to search for this child, we don’t want to search for missing rescuers as well.’
Additionally, officials say they don’t want to flood the forest with different scents so the dogs are not confused as they carry out the search effort.
Ezra and his family were at the Sam Houston National Forest (pictured) near Stubblefield Lake in a remote area and not a formal campsite, which could complicate search efforts. Officials worry the toddler may suffer from heat exhaustion and dehydration overnight
Several other state agencies have been called in to assist, as well as a Texas Game Warden’s Search & Rescue team.
No volunteers have been asked to help yet, but Williams says they are asking those who live near the forest to be on the lookout.
‘If you do live near the forest, if you’re traveling to the forest, be vigilant,’ he said during a press conference at 9pm.
‘If you have a home and if you live, a lot people live in and amongst the forest, we’re just asking you to go out, check the backyard, check any buildings on your property.
‘Make sure that the child hasn’t wandered onto your property.’