UPDATE: Officials said the body of a child matching Miguel’s description was recovered in a pond on the property.
The search ended around 9 p.m., and the Rains County Sheriff’s Office said the child was later identified as the missing 5-year-old.
“Our hearts are heavy regarding the result of yesterday evenings call for service,” Sheriff Michael Hopkins said. “My heart goes out to the family and all Rains County Citizens that this has affected. For any that were involved in this incident and may need help with the process, today or the coming days, please reach out to the Rains County Sheriff’s Office we do have resources that can help.”
RAINS COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The Rains County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing 5-year-old with autism.
The child’s name is Miguel, and he is non-verbal. He is 4 feet tall and has a slim build. He is only wearing a light blue shirt with Dr. Seuss characters on it.
Authorities said the child might try to fight people if they approach him, unless they say “nice hands” or “hugs and kisses.” Miguel also answers to Megs.
In an update, officials said they are not asking the public to assist in the actual search at this time, and that tracking dogs have been brought in.
People should call 911 if they see the child. Officials are asking the community to not help them with the search on the ground.
The sheriff’s office are using tracking dogs and the scent will be harder to obtain if people walk through the area.