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Autistic Boy Who Disappeared Faces Another Challenge

Robert Wood Jr. has a hole in his esophagus



    Autistic Boy Who Disappeared Faces Another Challenge
    Robert Wood Jr.

    An 8-year-old autistic boy who got lost in the Virginia wilderness for almost a week may be in the hospital longer than expected.

    Robert Wood Jr. is being treated for a hole in his esophagus. His grandmother, Norma Jean Williams, told the Free-Lance-Star of Fredericksburg she believes the tear was caused by something the boy ate while he was lost in the woods in Hanover County.

    The boy got lost Sunday, Oct. 23 and was found Friday, Oct. 28. He is recovering at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical Center and doctors say he is in good condition.

    Robert was with his father in the North Anna Battlefield Park, just north of Richmond, when the two got separated.

    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 Richmond Times-Dispatch published a statement from the boy's father saying he believes he’s been seen in a negative light following his son’s disappearance.

    Thousands of people volunteered to search for the child, who does not speak.

    He was found lying in the fetal position near a rock quarry close to the park.

    Searchers Rejoice Missing Boy Found Alive

    [DC] Searchers Rejoice Missing Boy Found Alive
    Eight-year-old Robert Wood Jr. is expected to stay in a Richmond hospital through the weekend. Friday night, some of those who spent days searching for him in the Virginia woods celebrated the good outcome.
    (Published Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011)

    Robert's grandmother said she was preparing herself for the news her grandson was dead when she got word he was found alive. The volunteer who found Robert told police he wishes to remain anonymous.