Two young siblings who went missing three days ago from their front yard while playing in Jacksonville, Florida have been miraculously found.
6-year-old Braxton Williams and his 5-year-old sister Bri’ya Williams were found by search crews in a wooded area near their home after an extensive search that has captivated national headlines since their disappearance, Fox 13 reports.
The children were found by rescuers in a “dilapidated pump house Tuesday, days after they’d wandered off from their Jacksonville home,” Oxygen recounts. It is said that the pair had a few bumps and bruises, “were thirsty and craving cheese pizza” but otherwise okay after the long ordeal.
“The children’s mother told News4Jax anchor Joy Purdy by phone that the boy and the girl were doing great. She thanked Jesus and the community for helping find her children.”
After days of tirelessly searching for the siblings while fearing the worst, a group of rescuers and first responders were seen praying together as the ambulance took Braxton and Bri’ya to the hospital for observation.
“It’s a miracle—Christmas miracle. And it’s a blessing. A lot of hard work [has] been done and that’s all I want to say. Thank God for it,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Ellis Burns told WJXT at the scene.
The father of Braxton and Bri’ya, Brian Williams, rejoiced at his children’s safe return, “God is good! I feel like I got the life put back into me. This gives me a reason to keep going.”