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An 8-year-old boy was found in the crawl space under his Skipwith Farms home Monday afternoon after a nearly seven-hour search.
A rescue worker spotted Zeb Gross, who was reported missing around 7:45 a.m. Monday by his parents, in an area under the home that had been previously checked.
Gross was found in condition and no further medical treatment is necessary, said Eric Stone, a spokesperson with Williamsburg Fire Department. He did not resist the rescue workers’ attempt to retrieve him from the space.
“We feel wonderful we were able to locate this young man and put him back with his family,” Stone said. “With the cold weather, we were getting concerned going into the night.”
Emergency officials had been told Gross did not leave the home with his coat, making Monday’s frigid weather even more of a concern.
Gross had not reported his reason for hiding in the crawlspace to authorities; Stone said that conversation would be left to the boy’s parents.
Several departments – Williamsburg Fire, Williamsburg Police, Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management rescue teams and the Community Emergency Response Teams – contributed to the search efforts, totaling to about 80 emergency personnel on scene.
“We were able to work well with the outside agencies. We had a very, very good response to the requests from the outside agencies … and the citizens of Williamsburg and the Skipwith Farms area,” Stone said. “We’re very happy that we were able to get the quick response from them that we did.”
Stone said members of the community showed up to the search’s command post, set up at the James Blair administrative offices at the intersection of Longhill and Ironbound roads, to volunteer their help with the search.
Update (3 p.m.): Eight-year-old Zeb Gross has been found alive and is in good medical condition.
Gross was found in a crawl space under his home on the 200 block of John Pinckney Lane in Skipwith Farms.
He will not need further medical assistance.
The parents of an 8-year-old boy noticed their son was not in their Skipwith Farms home around 7:45 a.m. today, officials said.
Zeb Gross, a black male who is about 4-feet tall and weighs between 50 and 60 pounds, was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tie-dye shirt and black shoes, said Eric Stone, a spokesperson with Williamsburg Fire Department. He is not wearing a coat, Stone said.
The fire department, along with Williamsburg Police and Virginia State Police, are using tracking dogs in the area of Skipwith Farms, Kiwanis Park and the surrounding areas.
Authorities believe Gross left his home on the 200 block of John Pinckney Lane in the City of Williamsburg. His parents last saw him in his room at 2 a.m. Monday.
Citizens are asked to call 911 if they spot Gross. A volunteer search party is not being organized at this time, Stone said.