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Search crews ramping up efforts Tuesday night

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Crews are ramping up efforts Tuesday night to find Robbie. More search crews will be heading into the woods than in previous nights.

Some rescue crews say it's discouraging after another long day of searching ends with no sign of little Robbie.  

"You don't want to give up hope. No one wants to leave. We'd stay out here all night," said rescue crew member Gary Teeslink.  

And that's exactly what some crews are doing. Tuesday night- K-9 teams, bloodhounds and about 50 trained rescue crew members will head into the woods.  

Other crews are patrolling near and along the wood lines, waterways and other areas where they can see into the woods.  

"I hope the good lord is watching over him because he's got to be lonely and afraid," Gary said.  

Temperatures dropped into the 40's, and that's not the only problem. From high above in Sky12 you see the narrow river that has plenty of snags and undercuts. And you can see some of the leaves are changing colors in these woods.  

"It makes you want to look everywhere, when you see red leaves or anything that matches his clothing colors," said Gary. 

Kristin Hetrick was one of the nearly 900 volunteers who came out to help rescue crews today. She echoed Gary's concern. And too-- was disappointed to find no sign of Robbie.  

"I know when we came back his family was standing out there and they were sad that none of us had him," she said. 

Some volunteers did suffer from fatigue and crews had to rescue them. No serious injuries. Crews are working on plan of attack right now for Wednesday morning. But it will include more volunteers for a second day.

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