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Robert "Robbie" Wood Jr., 8, has been missing since he wandered away from his family Sunday afternoon.
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Robert "Robbie" Wood Jr., 8, has been missing since he wandered away from his family Sunday afternoon.

Nearly 900 people joined in the search is underway in Hanover County, Virginia for a missing 8-year-old autistic boy who disappeared during a walk with his family in North Anna Battlefield Park on Sunday. Police are accepting help from volunteers in the effort this morning.

Robert "Robbie" Wood Jr. wandered away from his family approximately 2:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the police, and a search throughout the night, during which temperatures dropped to 45 degrees, turned up nothing. The 80-acre park is not fenced in, so officials are concerned Robbie could have left the property.

Robbie does not speak, has blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red, long-sleeved t-shirt, blue athletic pants and blue shoes, according to police reports.

Anyone who has any information or who saw any of the family at the park on Sunday are urged to call the Hanover Sheriff's Office at (804) 365-6140.

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