Search for Missing Autistic Boy Ranks Among Largest

Child found in Virginia after five-day search

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    Robert Wood Jr.

    The search for a missing autistic boy in central Virginia ranks among the most intense on record, with more than 3,400 people involved in the search for Robert Wood Jr., according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

    The five-day search ended successfully when the 8-year-old boy was found alive in a dry creek bed in Hanover County.

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the search involved volunteers from as far away as Massachusetts, and included about 300 people associated with professional rescue teams.

    The search also involved people on horseback, dozens of dogs, and aircraft using infrared technology.

    Parents of Robbie Wood Speak Out

    [DC] Robbie Wood Found Alive, Parents Speak Out
    Angie Goff reports Robbie Wood could come home Monday night. The young boy is reported to be doing well at VCU Medical Center in Richmond where he is still undergoing some tests. The boy's family is now speaking out. His grandmother Norma Jean Williams admits during the search she had give up all hope. She says she was certain Robbie was dead.Robbie spent 5 cold nights lost in the woods and was found in fetal position by a rock quarry near North Anna Battlefield Park.Williams went on to thank the multiple police and emergency response crews who helped with the search. The more than 6,000 volunteers faced challenges. The weather was tough and Robbie who is autisitic doesn't speak.Williams wants to thank the guy who found Robbie but doesn't know who he is. The man wants to remain anonymous..telling official he thanks God.Robbie's grandmother didn't have nice words for everyone.She said she was still angry with Robbie's father for letting her grandbaby slip away. (Published Monday, Oct 31, 2011)

    The child was on a Sunday walk with his father, brother and his father's girlfriend in the 80-acre North Anna Battlefield Park in Doswell on Oct. 23 when he disappeared.

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