HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – Robert Wood, Jr.'s community is not giving up hope. Dozens of people gathered again Wednesday night to pray for his safe return. They held a vigil not far from the command center and the woods where the 8-year-old was last seen.
Almost a hundred people showed their support for the lost boy and those looking for him. The crowd that gathered was smaller than the night before. Participants told NBC12 that's not a sign the people are giving up. They're still strong in their convictions. Tears flowed freely for little Robert Wood Jr.
The crowd's familiar song explains its simple wish. The lyrics of "Amazing Grace" read, "I once was lost, but now am found."
Under cover of the same dark, which 8-year-old Robert Wood will spend his fourth night alone and the same dark through which crews continue to search, about a hundred candles lit the night. They are symbols of hope not yet lost.
"I think this child has a lot of angels or spirits looking after him and he's going to come out of there," hoped Hilary Ingram.
Two of those spirits are Susan Derricott and her 18-year-old daughter Jordan, who has autism like Robert.
"I was always afraid that she would get out and get away from us," Susan explained.
As a child, Jordan spent a lot of time near the woods. Robert's ordeal is this mother's worst fear realized.
"I feel for his parents," Susan said. "I can't even imagine. I know it's got to be killing them. I pray for them every day."
She secured a GPS bracelet on Jordan to make sure she's never in the same devastating position as Robert's parents have been in since Sunday.
"It's given me peace of mind," she maintained. "I know that if anything happens within twenty minutes they'll be able to find her. I've considered taking it off recently but now I know I'll keep it on."
While optimistic, the group here can't help but wonder what will happen if the 8-year old doesn't come home.
"It will hurt a lot of people." Ingram said. "It will touch everybody."
The pastor in charge told NBC12 they'll continue the vigils and be out here every night until Robert is found.