Many times, we are asked how and why we do what we do.  On the morning of February 4, 2009, that question was answered in one of the most profound ways possible.

Two year old Owen Castle went missing in the late afternoon of February 3 from his front yard in Llano, Texas.  Owen and his mother were staying in a cabin on a remote ranch in the Llano area.  After searching for several hours, the Llano County Sheriff’s Office called Texas EquuSearch to assist in the search effort.

Tim Miller and a small group departed Dickinson, TX around midnight for the 270 mile trip in our mobile command center.  Arriving early in the morning, Tim met with local law enforcement to establish a search strategy.  Time was of the essence as little Owen was not dressed for the  weather which had dropped to 27 degrees overnight.

At 9am, a DPS helicopter pilot spotted Owen, laying face down in the dirt, more than a mile from his home.  Tim, TES volunteers and law enforcement officials made a mad dash to him, over rocky terrain for nearly a mile.  They scaled a barbed wire game fence, several feet high, which Owen had managed to get through.  When they reached him, the sheriff picked him up and Tim felt for his pulse.  He felt none at first.  Lisa ripped Owens wet socks off of him and put her warm gloves on his feet as everyone rubbed his cold limbs to warm him up.  After a few minutes, Owen made a small crying noise.

Having no time to wait for the Life Flight helicopter, the DPS helicopter landed, and Owen was loaded into it for transport to a local hospital.  From there, he was transported to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, TX.  He remained in critical condition overnight.  His body temperature when he arrived at the hospital was 74 degrees.

Over the weekend, we received the wonderful news that Owen is fully recovered and home with his father, where he belongs.  He is happy and busy being a normal 2 1/2 year old child.

Thanks to all who participated in this miracle rescue.

This is why we do what we do.


  1. Beverly Henson on May 31, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    A friend of mine in Llano called me on her way to the search group that night and asked me to pray. I first learned of you guys with the Natalee Holloway search and you got my respect then…now you even have MORE. I didn’t know that was possible.

    I am a realtor in Austin, Texas, and I would like to know how I can donate a portion of every closing to you. I cannot think of a better cause. Can you please tell me how to do that?

    You guys totally rock. Thank you for doing what you do. And thank you for finding that little boy!

    Beverly Henson

  2. Marie on February 19, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Tim, Lisa and TES:

    I have never been more proud as to when I became a member of EquuSearch, Tim and Lisa, you are both a Blessing and a positive force in both my and my neices lives.
    I cannot thank you enough for letting us become part of something so fulfilling and to see the selfless efforts you all put into a search. I truely didnt think that kind of people even existed anymore.
    God Bless you all and Texas EquuSearch!!

    Marie and Anna

  3. Sabra Hohlbaugh on February 12, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Tim and TES,
    What a happy story! I follow your cases from my home in Ohio ever since I met you all at the search center for Jessie Davis. You are all an incredible group and I truly believe you are all angels here on earth. Thanks for what you do and for giving this family back their son. May God bless you all.
    Sabra Hohlbaugh

  4. Shannon on February 12, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    May God Bless TES for all that you do.

  5. Laura Norman on February 11, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Tim (and company):
    You know Edward and I are so proud of you. What a blessing to have a chance to help this precious child. I hope it refilled your weary souls just a bit.

  6. Sherry McKinney on February 11, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Dear Ms. Mills and Cory,
    I just wanted to let you know how much it means to the entire TES organization that we were able to play a part in getting Owen to you guys where he is safe and happy. I get so many calls at the office from people who are so touched by this incredible child. We, at TES, all feel such a strong bond with Owen. He is our little miracle baby and we are all so fortunate to be a part of his life.
    Thank you for your kind words. We all send our love and prayers.
    Sherry McKinney, Office Administration

  7. YourTurnToHelp on February 11, 2009 at 5:10 AM

    Absolutely incredible story. Bless you all.

  8. Lisa Mills on February 10, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Tim and Lisa,

    Cory and I can’t tell you how happy we are to have Owen home with us. When we arrived on the scene, we were terrified when we saw the rugged terraine. Tim and Lisa were compassionate and focused. This is an experience that no one should ever have to go through. We are so blessed to have had the many agencies and volunteers on the scene helping to find Owen. Thank you to all the friends, family and strangers who prayed for his rescue and recovery.
    Lisa Mills, grandmother

    • B Tarr on February 10, 2009 at 9:55 PM

      Dear Ms. Mills,
      Thank you so much for allowing us to share dear Owen’s story on our website. So many people have called and asked about him, and we wanted to be able to share the wonderful news. He is such a doll, and we have become so attached to him through this experience. It was truly a miracle, and we are all so blessed to have had any small part in returning Owen to you and Cory. What a special little boy he is, and may his days be filled with wonder and joy from here on out. You will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers, and we all hope to get to meet you and Owen one of these days soon. Please keep in touch. Thank you for dropping in and writing.
      All of us at Texas EquuSearch

  9. Laurie on February 10, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Tim, Lisa & all the rest, THANK YOU for doing what you!
    I am so happy Owen’s family had such a happy ending & that little Owen has recovered.

    My family & I are so proud to be member’s of TES. Please know we love each of you, pray for each of you & are proud to know you. Thank you just isn’t enough but there are no words to express the gratitude & pride we feel with each search.
    God Bless all of you.

    Laurie ……… NC loves you all.

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