UPDATE September 27, 2018:
A body believed to be that of 6-year-old Maddox Ritch has been found in a creek near Rankin Lake Park, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported, WGHP reports. Maddox's parents have been notified of the discovery, according to the FBI.
September 24, 2018:
GASTONIA, N.C. -- (WGHP) -- The desperate search for a 6-year-old boy who vanished from a Gastonia park will continue for a third day on Monday.
Maddox Ritch was last seen at Rankin Lake Park on Saturday with his father and a friend.
Maddox is autistic and nonverbal but officials said there is a special team with the FBI that is highly trained and experienced in mysterious missing children’s cases that are working to find him.
If you have any information regarding Maddox’s whereabouts, call the 24-hour tip line at (704) 869-1075.