9 Year Old Autistic Boy Robbie Wood Jr. Missing Since Sunday, October 23, 2011 in Hanover County, Va (UPDATE: Found Safe & Alive)
Nine year old Robbie Wood Jr. has been missing since Sunday, October 23, 2011 in Hanover County, VA. According to reports, Robbie wandered away while with his father, brother and a woman at North Anna Battlefield Park on Sunday around 3 PM. Robbie Woods Jr. has severe autism, does not speak, has blond hair and blue eyes. Robbie was last seen wearing a red, long-sleeved T-shirt, blue athletic pants and blue shoes.
Robert “Robbie” Wood Jr. (CBS News)
Searches continue for the missing 9 year old boy that include police, professional searchers, volunteers and tracking dogs. Searches has taken place on the grown and from the air for missing Robbie Woods.
Hines said the search will continue into Wednesday and he praised the support of citizens and professionals from throughout eastern Virginia who have taken part in the massive search effort.
Wood is severely autistic and has no verbal skills. Hines said the youth has “absolutely no awareness of his personal safety concerns.” But he said tracking dogs have positively established that Wood was present in the park and in the area where his father said he disappeared.
Volunteer searchers were permitted for the first time early Tuesday morning and will be permitted again Wednesday. Volunteers must have a picture identification and be capable of walking several miles in thick woods.
If anyone has any information or has saw any of the family at the park on Sunday are urged to call the Hanover Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140.
UPDATE I: Robbie Wood Jr. has been found alive. This time we have great news to announce that 8 year old Robbie Wood has been found alive less than a mile from where he went missing. FANTASTIC!!!
The search for Robbie Wood Jr. is over. The 8-year-old who suffers from autism was found alive, lying in a creek bed just west of a rock quarry owned by Martin Marietta. He was about three-quarters of a mile from where he was last seen Sunday at the end of a trail in North Anna Battlefield Park in Hanover County.
This evening, his parents, Barbara Locker and Robert Wood Sr., offered their thanks to those involved in bringing their son home safely. Capt. Michael J. Trice of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office shared the comments obtained by Ann Buckley, the public information officer at VCU Medical Center. Upon his discovery, the boy was taken to the Richmond hospital.