Sheriff to receive national award for Robbie rescue effort

Posted at 12:08 AM, May 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-23 00:08:24-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – The weeklong search for Robert Wood, an eight-year-old autistic boy who went missing in the woods of Hanover County in October, gripped the nation.

Now, the man in charge of the massive rescue mission is set to receive a national award.

Hanover Sheriff David Hines will be honored on Capitol Hill Wednesday by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Hines is credited with immediately organizing a large-scale search after Robert Wood went missing during a trip to the North Anna Battlefield Park.

That search effort involved more than 3,000 volunteers and multiple police departments. Amazingly, the boy was found safe after five days.