screen shot 2012 04 01 at 3 09 31 pm Grandfather Of Slain Child Reflects On Tragedy

Ensign and Sandwitch Roads south of Ennis, where a search was launched for the body of an 11-year-old boy. (Credit: Google Maps)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Edward Ramsey may not have seen his 11-year-old grandson, Johnathan, in as long as a year. He wouldn’t talk on camera about it because he had done one interview already and said, “God could use that one interview.”

After reporting his grandson’s suspicious absence to the police, authorities launched an investigation. They believe Johnathan is dead and have charged his father and stepmother with injury to a child.

Edward Ramsey is a religious man. He doesn’t like television. He said he hadn’t had a television set in his home in eight years.

Ramsey said he’s involved in pastoral care at his church Friendship Baptist. He also works part time fixing small machines.

He said he took Johnathan to church with him with The boy was nine years old. Ramsey said he’s glad he did that because now Ramsey knows the boy is in a better place.

He only hopes something good will come out of all of this. He’s relying on his faith.

Police believe the boy is dead. So far, no word on the whereabouts of the boy’s remains. Police searched an area Saturday, south of Ennis about eight miles from the boy’s great grandparents’ home. It’s a wooded area near the corner of Ensign and Sandwitch Roads.

As many as 50 police officers searched the area on foot. No word on what they found, if anything. The boy had not been seen in as long as a year.

Edward Ramsey is asking for prayers for himself and for his family.