When Robert Wood Jr., an eight-year-old, autistic and nonverbal boy, disappeared in Virginia's densely forested North Anna Battlefield Park in October 2011, it took a massive five-day search to find him. Dean King traveled to rural Virginia to recount the story of the search and the miraculous turn of events that led to the boy being found.
Kings Dominion amusement park where volunteers lined up to help for the search for Robert Wood Jr. north of Richmond, Virginia.
Tracker Scott Forbes with his dog Da Wu. They participated in the search and rescue efforts for Robert Wood Jr.
Charlottesville, Virginia-based Robert Koester. He is a VDEM incident commander and a former president of the Virginia Search and Resuce Council. Koester has conducted SAR operations and research for NASA, the U.S. Coast Guard, The National Park Service and FEMA. Published in 2008, Koester's handbook, Lost Person Behavior: A Search and Rescue Guide on Where to Look For Land Air and Water, is regarded as the field bible.
Tracker Scott Forbes with his dog Da Wu in the North Anna Battlefield Park.
Robert Wood Jr. with his mother and grandmother. Norma Jean's red truck, where she slept during the search for Robert, is in the background.
Robert Wood Jr. with his mother Barbara at the home of Robert's grandmother, Norma Jean Williams.
Robert Wood Jr.'s mother Barbara Locker at the home of Robert's grandmother.
Robert Wood Jr. with his mother Barbara at the home of Robert's grandmother Norma Jean. They are seated in front of a mountain laurel bush that was planted by Barbara's grandparents at the time of their marriage.
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