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.
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.