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Crews talk about challenges at night looking for Robert

DOSWELL, VA (WWBT) - Rescue crews are once again in the woods tonight, looking for 8-year-old Robert Wood, Junior. He was last seen with his family inside the North Anna Battlefield Park around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Crews say despite the fact the search has been going on for more than 80 hours, there is no backing down in this search and rescue operation.

It's the way of survival for the rescue crews, hoping to find little Robert Wood Junior surviving in the woods.

"Let's hope we get lucky tonight," said one crew member.

Mark Creighton is part of the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group. He's one of several ground teams heading out tonight into the park, along with more than a dozen K-9 units. "We are looking for signs of human passage, clues that looks like someone dropped something."

Some of the crews heading out tonight are going equipped with glow sticks. It's these glow sticks that Robert is attracted to.

Searching in these woods overnight for Robert means a change in tactics.
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"A lot of times areas are smaller, teams are more concentrated. We move slower and we use lights and do the best we can," said Mark.  

William Chrimes manages the night rescue teams. He says despite the darkness, searching at night actually has it's advantages.

"It tends to be cooler at night and the dogs can walk longer and more efficiently at night," he said. 

Also, the scent of Robert the dogs are looking for, lingers near the ground. During the day those scents tend to vanish into the air.

Meanwhile, Mark and the rest of these crews are simply ready to give it their all tonight, for a little boy that is in the hearts and prayers of so many.

Volunteers are needed for the search Thursday. You can meet up at the Kings Dominion main parking lot at 9 a.m. Bring a photo ID with you.

Tonight, crews tell us they are searching for Robert in an area where there are sharp drop offs near the North Anna River, where Robert was last tracked to. We are learning there is an indication that Robert may be there in that area.

We have a crew in Doswell all night. We will bring you the latest as it develops tonight and into the morning.

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