(HOUSTON) — A missing 18-month-old Texas boy was found unharmed Friday morning in a stolen vehicle which was obscured by heavy brush, police said.
Evan Miller, 18 months, and his 7-year-old sister were left in a jeep with the motor running while their mother went inside of a Houston Walmart to use the ATM at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday. A man jumped into the car and started to drive away, but Miller’s sister was able to escape.
An Amber Alert was immediately issued for the boy, but was canceled after he was found, shortly after 8:30 a.m. Friday morning near the Walmart parking lot where the car was stolen.
Miller is currently at Texas Children’s Hospital undergoing an evaluation.
“He appears to be okay,” John Cannon, spokesperson for the Houston Police Department told ABC News.
Cannon said despite the proximity to the Walmart, the Jeep was difficult for even police helicopters to locate.
“The vehicle was well hidden and wedged between the building and some high foliage that even concealed it from the air,” Cannon said. “The suspect hid it well.”
Cannon said it was unclear how long the suspect had the vehicle or whether he realized Miller was in the car when he stole it.
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