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Robert Wood Jr released from hospital
The Caroline County boy with autism who went missing for six days and five nights in the woods is now back at home with his mother.
Robert Wood Jr., 8, was discharged from VCU Medical Center in Richmond over the weekend, said the hospital’s spokesperson Malorie Burkett.
He had been in the hospital ever since he was found on Oct 28 near a Hanover County rock quarry not, far from the park where he was last seen. He suffered only minor injuries, which included a small hole that was found in his esophagus.
Robert wandered off on Oct. 23 while walking along a trail in North Anna Battlefield Park in Doswell with his father, his younger brother, Ryan, and his father’s girlfriend. Ryan, 7, also has autism.
Robert “Robbie” Wood Sr., 34, said he ran after his son but eventually lost sight of him.
Law enforcement agencies and fire, rescue and military personnel and about 6,000 volunteers from as far away as Alaska, searched for the boy, who doesn’t talk.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says the search for Robert ranks among the most intense on record.
He was found in a shallow creek bed by an unofficial male volunteer, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Capt. Mike Trice of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said that the investigation into Robert’s disappearance concluded that he was alone in the woods the entire time and that no criminal charges would be filed in the case.
Robert’s mother, 30-year-old Barbara Jean Locker is caring for both boys at her home near Lake Caroline. Robert will celebrate his 9th birthday on Nov. 22.