Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Rescue of Robert Wood, Jr. of Caroline County:
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today upon the news that 8-year-old Robert Wood, Jr. of Caroline County, who disappeared on Sunday at North Anna Battlefield Park, has been found alive.Here's the latest from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“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."