Missing Autistic Boy Found Dead After Five Days


A body that was recently found next to a North Carolina highway has turned out to be the body of an autistic boy who had previously gone missing. Maddox Ritch had gone out with his father to a local park and disappeared in the process. Charlotte federal officials were responsible for discovering the body and they shared this information with the rest of the world.

As you may have expected, their hearts were heavy at the time. No one wants to be the one to tell a parent that their child is gone. No parent should have ever have to bury a child. The authorities had to research over 150 tips before they found the child. A lake was drained and countless man hours were spent searching the area for any signs of life.

The FBI had also offered a cash reward to anyone who could provide information about Maddox’s whereabouts. The case was considered especially difficult to solve because the child was autistic and unable to communicate in a verbal manner. The investigation into his death is still ongoing and these authorities are looking for the necessary answers.

These are the types of senseless crimes that keep us awake at night. Why would anyone feel the need to hurt an innocent little boy like this? According to the investigators, there are now two persons of interest that are being looked into. There was one male jogger at the park when the disappearance happened and a photographer was also on hand to take pictures of children wearing costumes.

The search continues at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia for 6-year-old Maddox Ritch. Dogs from the SBI & National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are re-searching areas.

Posted by Gastonia Police Department on Monday, September 24, 2018

At first, Maddox’s father simply assumed that his son had gotten lost in the woods. Now that he has found out the awful truth, he would like to know more. Receiving closure at times like these is important. All it took was one false move for this family’s life to change forever. This dad only took his eyes off his son for the most fleeting of moments.

At approximately 1 p.m. on September 27, 2018, search crews discovered a body believed to be Maddox Ritch off of…

Posted by Gastonia Police Department on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Now he is forced to live with the sadness and guilt of having lost his little boy. He had let his boy run ahead of him a bit and that was the last time that he ever saw the child alive. Our hearts go out to this man during his hour of need. We hope that he is able to find the solace that he deserves and that Maddox is resting in peace.


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