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Search continues in Hanover for a second night for missing boy

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Search teams are still on the lookout for 8-year-old Robbie Wood, Junior. He has been missing in the North Anna Battlefield Park since Sunday afternoon.

The search teams have been limited to professionals, but William Edwards couldn't just sit and wait at home. He walked the rough terrain for the little boy he helped raise.

"I know they're doing everything they can do and it's great, but honestly, if we had a whole lot more people out there, because time is not on our side, if we had a lot more people it would be a lot better," said Edwards, Robbie's former step-father.    

Edwards says Robbie likes water, but can't swim.

"I've been in the water today and it's freezing," he said.
     
The North Anna River has been a focus for dive teams.

"We've deployed kayaks boats to help conduct the searches. That's a labor intensive operation when we're going from five feet to four inches," said Lt. Karl Hartel with the Hanover Fire Technical Rescue Team.
      
Robbie was with his father, his father's girlfriend and little brother-- when he went missing in the park Sunday afternoon. Captain Mike Trice, with the Hanover Sheriff's Office, says when Robbie's father and girlfriend stopped to rest, Robbie left the trail.
      
Searchers have found several items, but don't know if they belong to Robbie. Bloodhounds haven't picked up a scent. Along with rough terrain, searchers are having to deal with debris left by hurricane Irene this summer.

"We're now dealing with trees and other debris and make sure we don't miss anything that may help us find Robbie," Lt. Hartel said.
       
But no one is giving up hope. Robbie's mom is holding vigil with her younger son.

"Every body's just been trying to keep positive," Edwards added.

Robbie was last seen in a red long sleeve t-shirt, blue athletic pants and blue sneakers. Authorities are interested in speaking with people who were in the park Sunday. Give the Hanover Sheriff's Department a call at 365-6140.

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