Hanover authorities re-tracing Robert Wood's steps

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The investigation is now moving forward with Hanover authorities trying to re-trace Robert Wood's footsteps over the last six days.

Robert was found in a creek bed near the Martin-Marietta quarry off Verdon road in Doswell.

The Hanover Sheriff's office has already started piecing together clues as to Robert's whereabouts since he vanished this past Sunday.

Robert's cousin says that she's still in shock and, like many, are calling Robert's rescue a miracle.

Late Friday night , a cold rain pelted the Martin-Marietta quarry gate, where hours earlier a much different scene unfolded--- the aftermath of the amazing rescue of a little boy who captured many hearts.

At two in the afternoon, Robert was found alive near there by a citizen on a grid search.

"There is a God... he listens to prayer and prayers were answered," said Hanover Sheriff David Hines.

For six days, thousands of volunteers took on the rugged terrain, on foot and horseback, some on kayaks and boats on the North Anna River while others searched from aircraft high above.

It seems that Robert was on the move, however.

The creek bed where he was found in a fetal position--- roughly a mile from where he disappeared Sunday--- had been searched before.

"I don't think we walked past him," said Sheriff Hines.

Before Robert was finally found today, frustration turned to fear with the colder weather rapidly approaching.

"Our biggest fear (was) we'd have to deploy a human remains detection dog for a while, but fortunately we didn't have to," said Scott Forbes with OM-MA-NI International. "We train hard for it, (but) this time we were able to go home happy."

Robert's parents want privacy now, but his cousin said she's grateful that little Robert is alive.

She said it couldn't have happened without all the people willing to search.

Robert's grandfather didn't want to comment, he was on his way to the hospital to visit with the 8-year-old boy.

Sheriff Hines said no one gave up.

"There were some times that you just had to reach down and find that faith that you were going to find him," said Hines.

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