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Police searching for missing Caroline County boy
Citizen volunteers will be accepted to assist in the search operations for Robbie on Tuesday, October 25th. For those who have already offered their service, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will be returning those call when time allows. We currently have hundreds who have volunteered to assist.
Volunteers must be physically fit and able to walk a distance of at least 5 miles. They must possess the proper clothing and footwear to traverse difficult terrain. Volunteers should report to the main parking area at King’s Dominion at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning dressed properly and with a photo ID. Volunteers should understand that they may not be deployed or may be turned away if they do not meet the required criteria.
Volunteers will be checked in, credentialed and will receive a briefing on the operations. Volunteers should understand that they may or may not be deployed on a mission. Once ready for deployment, volunteers will remain the staging area until needed.
There is no need to call prior to responding to this opportunity. Emergency Communications personnel are dedicated to serving the currently deployed search teams.
UPDATE (12:35 p.m.):
The search is continuing this afternoon, with 35 Virginia State Troopers, along with other law-enforcement agencies, doing a grid search of the 80-acre North Anna Battlefield Park. Officials describe it as a narrow park and say it would be very easy for the child to get outside the park and wander into difficult terrain.
More details about the child: He’s 4’3″ and weighs 60 pounds. His teachers say it would not be unusual for him to run off. He would not necessarily respond to his name. While he is nonverbal, he is not a quiet child and may be making noises.
Beside the troopers and officers, a helicopter and blood hounds are also involved in the search at the park. In addition, boaters are patrolling North Anna River for any sign of the child.
Police are searching for a 9-year-old autistic boy from Caroline County who went missing Sunday afternoon.
According to Capt. Mike Trice of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Robert “Robbie” Wood Jr. walked away from his family around 2:45 p.m. Sunday while they were visiting the North Anna Battlefield Park in Hanover County (Doswell area). He was with his father, his younger autistic brother and his father’s girlfriend.
North Anna Battlefield is an 80-acre Civil War battlefield with a number of wooded trails. Trice said the boy “ran off from the trail into a wooded area and his father lost sight of him.”
Trice said the autistic boy is non-verbal and has blond hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a long-sleeve red T-shirt, blue athletic pants and blue athletic shoes. He is described as average in weight and height for his age. Wood is a student at The Faison School for Autism in Richmond.
Hanover is being assisted by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police in the search.
Bloodhounds are being used to trace the boy’s scent on land, helicopters are flying over the park using thermal imaging and boats are being used to search Lake Anna, which borders the battlefield.
Residents in the area where the boy went missing have been notified and have been asked to search their properties.
Anyone with information on the whereabout of Robbie Woods is asked to call the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804/365-6140 or 911.