Autistic Boy Missing 5 Days Is Found Alive

Robbie Wood is discovered in 'good shape' in quarry
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2011 4:51 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the family via Richmond Times-Dispatch shows Robert "Robbie" Wood Jr.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via Richmond Times-Dispatch)

(Newser) – A quarry worker in Virginia made an incredible find today: He discovered 8-year-old Robbie Wood curled up in a fetal position in a creek bed, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The severely autistic boy hadn't been seen since Sunday when he got separated from his family at a park. The local sheriff says the boy is in "good shape" and being treated at a hospital.

He was found fully clothed, about three-quarters of a mile from where he was last seen. “It’s been a challenge dealing with a child with special needs who is lost," said the sheriff. "I can’t tell you he was there (earlier). I don’t think we walked past him.” Thousands of volunteers had turned out daily to search for Robbie, who cannot speak.

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