HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - NBC12 has just confirmed that missing eight-year-old, Robert Wood, Jr., has been found alive.
Below, we've posted a closed-captioning transcript of Friday afternoon's press briefing from the Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the update from VCU Medical Center.
Crews on the scene say Robert was discovered just west of the quarry, around 2:00 p.m. Friday. That's not far from the North Anna Battlefield Park where search teams have been looking since Sunday afternoon. According to the Hanover County Sheriff's Office, the location is approximately three quarters to a mile from the location where Robert was last seen.
Sheriff David Hines described Robert's condition as, "serious, but in good shape." Hines said Robert was found lying down in a creek bed by a citizen volunteer.
We've confirmed Robert has been flown to VCU Medical Center. Doctors there say Robert is doing "remarkably well."
At VCU Medical Center, Robert is being treated for scrapes, bruises and dehydration. Robert's parents are there with him at the hospital. They released brief statements to the media about their son. These statements can be read in full below. For now, the family is not speaking directly to the media. They are spending time with Robert.
During a press conference Friday, the Hanover County Sheriff's Office thanked the more than 6,000 volunteers who helped look for Robert, including people from as far away as Alaska. Friday, more than 800 volunteers turned out to help look for Robert on day six of the search.
Since Robert has been found alive, the Doswell Community Center has decided to host a candlelight celebration event at 7:30 p.m. Friday. That's located off Highway 1. Organizers are saying everyone is welcome.
Statement from Robert's mother, Barbara Locker:
"He is here and safe. Thank you for your prayers, your thoughts. Thank you for searching. He is a strong little fella. At this time, my family thanks you for respecting our privacy."
Statement from Robert's father, Robert Wood, Sr.:
"On behalf of the family of Robbie Wood I would like to extend our greatest gratitude to all who have had us in your thoughts and prayers, to all volunteers who have donated, time, effort, and other valuable resources, and Finally to our local, state , and federal, law enforcement, fire, and rescue. These people are truly professionals and we have no doubt in our minds that the best of the best are out here looking for Robert.
The support we have received is overwhelming, and we wish we name everyone the list is just too great, but please know we know who you are!
I would like to thank the news media for its continued coverage, As well as its respect for our privacy.
Robert is a very strong and determined little boy. We never gave up hope that he would return home safe. The family has been here every hour and been involved in the search 200 percent.
Thank you so much everybody… Robert Is home!"
Statement from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell:
"Today, the best possible result to a very difficult situation came to pass when Robert Wood, Jr. was found alive in Hanover County. Thousands of volunteers and public safety personnel scoured the area since Robert's disappearance five days ago. As a father of five, I can only imagine the fear, uncertainty, and sadness that Robert's family endured during this difficult time. I thank each and every public safety official and volunteer who helped search for Robert over the last week. I also thank the many businesses, faith-based groups, and community organizations that provided food, water and other resources to those searching the park and surrounding area. A true sense of community and selflessness was displayed as thousands of volunteers showed up day after day to participate in the search. The great dedication, optimism and vigilance of the many people who donated their time and energy to the search and rescue effort reflects the goodness of our Commonwealth. The actions of so many this week have demonstrated, yet again, that Virginians are good neighbors who care about each other and help those in need in times of trouble. We are all thankful that Robert will be safely reunited with his family."
Hanover County Sheriff's Office Press Briefing Closed Captioning Transcript:
>> THANKS FOR BEING HERE. ROBERT WOOD JR. HAS BEEN FOUND AND REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY. HE WAS FOUND AT APPROXIMATELY 2:00 P.M. AT THE MARTIN MARIETTA QUARRY PROPERTY. IT WAS APPROXIMATELY THREE QUARTER TO A MILE FROM WHERE HE WAS LAST SEEN. THE SEARCH IS OVER. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE TO THANK. AND IF I FORGOT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEDIA. YOU'VE BEEN SO RESPONSIVE TO OUR NEEDS. YOU GOT OUR MESSAGE OUT AND YOU KEPT IT OUT AND I TRULY WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. WE HAVE 6,000 VOLUNTEERS TO THANK. AND NOT JUST FROM HANOVER COUNTY BUT FROM THE ENTIRE REGION. I MET A LADY FROM ALASKA WHO WAS HERE VISIT WITH HER DAUGHTER AND FELT COMPELLED TO JOIN THE SEARCH. I HAVE HANOVER COUNTY EMPLOYEES TO THANK. WHETHER THEY WERE PARKS AND WRECK OR FROM FINANCE EVERYONE STEPPED UP. OUR FIRE AND EMS WHERE YOU'RE STANDING HERE TODAY THEY WERE THERE WITH US FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. ALL THE METRO AGENCIES WHETHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OR FIRE AND EMS THIS WAS A REGIONAL EFFORT. THERE IS A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WHO WERE THERE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT NIGHT. THEY STEPPED UP. THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. THEY ARE HERE TODAY AND THEY'VE BEEN WITH US. WE HAVE SEARCH AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS. THAT WORK WITH US. THEY HAVE A BEEN WITH US. THE NATIONAL CENTER OF MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN. THEY WERE A GREAT RESOURCE AND THEY HAVE BEEN WITH US SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING. THEY FLEW IN TO BE WITH US. ALL OF THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. ALL BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY. WE FOUND OUT SOMETHING WORKING WITH THE MILITARY. IF YOU ASK FOR ONE THING THEY ARE WILLING TO GIVE YOU THREE. AND WE THANK THEM FOR THAT. KINGS DOMINION AS YOU KNOW IT WAS A STAGING AREA FOR THE THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS THAT CAME OUT. THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT PARTNER AND THEY CONTINUE TO BE. MARTIN MARIETTA OPENED UP THEIR QUARRY TO US FOR SEARCH. MEADOW FARM. MEADOW PARK. THAT IS WHERE WE STAGED OUR VOLUNTEERS FROM TODAY. THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SALVATION ARMY, ALL OF THOSE GROUPS THAT PROVIDED AND FED US AND ALL OF THE CIVIC GROUPS THAT FED ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS. AND ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT DONATED THEIR SERVICES AND THEIR KIND THOUGHTS SO ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILY, THE FIRST RESPONDERS, MYSELF AND I GUESS I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T SAY A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY STAFF AND THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR THE GREAT JOB THEY DID. AND AT THIS TIME I WILL TRY TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS BUT I WILL ASSURE YOU YOU'VE DEALT WITH MIKE AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CAPTAIN MIKE FOR THE OUTSTANDING JOB HE DID IN WORKING WITH YOU. HIS CONDITION? HOW HE WAS FOUND.
>> HE WAS ALERT. I'M GOING TO SAY I'M NOT A MEDICAL PERSON BUT I WILL SAY THAT HE WAS -- SERIOUS BUT IN GOOD SHAPE.
>> WHERE EXACTLY WAS HE FOUND?
>> IT APPEARED TO BE A CREEK BED. NEXT TO THE QUARRY PROPERTY. WEST OF IT. AND WHEN I SAY WEST OF IT I'M TALKING ABOUT JUST OFF OF THE ROADWAY. AND HE WAS FOUND DOWN -- SOMEWHAT OF A GULLY.
>> WHO FOUND HIM AND WHEN THEY DID FIND HIM –
VERY WELL FIND HIM IN A FETAL POSITION AND THAT IS HOW WE FOUND HIM. [ INAUDIBLE ]
>> YES, MA'AM.
>> AND DO YOU BELIEVE -- [ INAUDIBLE ]
>> I CANNOT TELL YOU THAT. WE HAVE SEARCHED THAT AREA BEFORE. I DON'T THINK -- WE HAVE HAD SOME -- IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE DEALING WITH A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHO HAVE BEEN LOST. YOU'VE ALL BEEN MADE AWARE OF THOSE CHALLENGES. I DON'T THINK WE WALKED PAST HIM. WE JUST THANKFUL THAT HE WAS LOCATED.
>> PEOPLE SEEM TO BE VERY EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN WHAT IS TAKING PLACE OVER THE LAST SIX DAYS. [ INAUDIBLE ]
>> LET ME SAY IT LIKE THIS. I'LL CRY AT A FOOTBALL GAME SO IF YOU KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS I'LL TEAR UP HERE. SO THERE IS A LOT OF EMOTION WITH THIS. THE MEDIA HELPED TO KEEP THE EMOTION ALIVE AND YOU HELPED TO HAVE THE VOLUNTEERS COME OUT AND THAT'S BEEN IMPORTANT. YOU'RE RIGHT. MY CELL PHONE HAS BEEN RINGING. TEXT MESSAGES. FACE BOOKS. THIS IS AN EFFORT BY AN ENTIRE REGION AND POSSIBLY A STATE BECAUSE WHEN A CHILD GOES MISSING EVERYONE WANTS TO STEP UP. AND THAT HAS HAPPENED TODAY. IT HAS HAPPENED FOR SIX DAYS AND WE'VE SPOKEN WITH THE EXPERTS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SEARCHES. THEY HAVE AND YOU MAY ABLE TO SPEAK TO THEM AFTERWARDS. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN INVOLVED IN A SEARCH THAT HAD THIS MANY VOLUNTEERS CONSISTENTLY EVERY DAY AND GROW EVERY DAY. WE HAD TO TURN VOLUNTEERS AWAY NOT BECAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT THEIR SERVE IT'S NOT BECAUSE WE WERE NOT THANKFUL OF THEIR SERVICE WE JUST COULD NOT SUPPORT ALL OF THEIR SERVICE AND THAT HAS BEEN A GREAT THING. SO I'M GOING TO ALLOW YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO THE GENTLEMAN AND LADIES BEHIND ME. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS HOPEFUL THREE WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER IT. YES, SIR. [ INAUDIBLE ]
>> NO ONE ON THE TEAM EVER GAVE UP. AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT THERE WERE SOME TIMES THAT YOU JUST TODAY REACH DOWN AND FIND THAT FAITH THAT YOU WERE GOING TO FIND HIM AND WHETHER IT'S APPROPRIATE OR NOT FOR EVERYONE THERE IS A GOD -- HE LISTENS TO PRAYER.
VCU Medical Center Press Briefing Closed Captioning Transcript:
>> (ROBERT) IS DOING REMARKABLY WELL. THANK GOODNESS WE HAVE HAD WARM WEATHER THE PAST FEW DAYS. HE WAS ABSOLUTELY COLD WHEN HE ARRIVED IN THE UNIT FROM THE EXTREME CONDITIONS TODAY. BUT HE IS DOING REMARKABLY WELL.
>> HOW ARE THE PARENTS?
>> PARENTS ARE AMAZINGLY HOLDING UP WELL. THRILLED TO SEE HIM. AND PUTS OUT A SMILE WHEN HE SEES THEM.
>> I HAVE A STATEMENT FROM BOTH PARENTS COMING SHORTLY. WRITTEN STATEMENTS.
>> SOME OF THE EXPECTED SKIN FINDINGS FROM BEING EXPOSED TO ELEMENTS FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE DAYS. AND AS I SAY, WE ARE CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH, LOOKING AT ALL OF THE EXTENSIVE INJURIES HE MAY HAVE.
>> TELL US ABOUT HIS MOOD. WHAT KIND OF POSITION HE WAS IN WHEN FOUND.
>> WHEN HE FIRST ARRIVED HE WAS LOOKING AT US. HE WAS SURPRISINGLY COOPERATIVE OF ALL THE EVALUATIONS THAT WE WERE PERFORMING. AS I SAID, WHEN HE FIRST SAW HIS MOTHER HE LOOKED AT HER AND SMILED. HEART WARMING.
>> WE UNDERSTAND HE IS NOT VERBAL. CAN YOU TELL US THE CHALLENGE THAT OFFERS FOR YOU?
>> IT DOES. MAKES IT DIFFICULT. BUT WE TREAT HIM ACCORDING TO PROTOCOLS THAT WE DO FOR ANY TYPE OF TRAUMA PATIENT WE RECEIVE. SO WE DID A THOROUGH HEAD-TO-TOE EXAM AND TREAT HIM LIKE ANY OTHER PATIENT WE WOULD SEE.
>> SOMEONE IN THE WOODS, FOR SIX DAYS, SOME OF THE ELEMENTS HE WAS EXPOSED TO. HOW BAD COULD IT HAVE BEEN?
>> MUCH WORSE. ESPECIALLY IF THERE WAS COLDER TEMPERATURES OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS. AS I SAY, THE FACT THAT HE IS AWAKE, ALERT, IS A GOOD SIDE.
>> WHAT KIND OF TEST ARE YOU RUNNING TO MAKE SURE --
>> I CANNOT GO INTO SPECIFICS ABOUT MEDICAL DETAILS.
>> HE WAS DEHYDRATED? SO HE IS DRINKING WATER?
>> I CANNOT GO INTO SPECIFIC DETAILS AT THIS TIME. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO SPECULATE HOW HE IS IN SUCH GOOD CONDITION AT THIS TIME.
>> JUST LOOKING AT HIS SMILE WHEN HE SEES HIS FAMILY IS REASSURING TO US.
>> YOU MENTIONED HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO HAVE NICE WEATHER. HOW CRUCIAL WAS IT TO FIND HIM TODAY WITH COLDER TEMPERATURES COMING IN.
>> VERY IMPORTANT HE WAS FOUND AS QUICKLY AS HE WAS.
>> HYPOTHERMIA IS ALL?
>> IT IS HARD TO PREDICT WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED IN THE FUTURE. AS I SAY, WE GOT HIM. AND HE IS AWAKE, HE IS ALERT. AND WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO TAKE CARE OF ANY OF THE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CONCERNS.
>> WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? ANY IDEA HOW LONG HE WILL BE HERE?
>> IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT. HE WILL BE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR SEVERAL DAYS, I WOULD ASSUME.
>> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU ALL. THAT'S IT FOR QUESTIONS. I HAVE STATEMENTS FROM THE PARENTS AND I WILL HAND THEM OUT TO YOU.
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