The FBI believes it has recovered the body of 6-year-old Maddox Ritch who went missing 6 days ago in a wooded area in North Carolina.
With heavy hearts we announce a body believed to be 6-year-old Maddox Ritch was found at approximately 1 p.m. off of Marietta Street/Old Dallas Highway in Gastonia. Maddox’s parents have been notified of the discovery. The investigation is ongoing.— FBI Charlotte (@FBICharlotte) September 27, 2018
Maddox went missing six days ago. Multiple volunteers were searching for the autistic, non-verbal child.
Maddox was last seen with his father and another adult at the Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday
The investigation is still ongoing.
Gastonia Police released the following statement: “At approximately 1 p.m. on September 27, 2018, search crews discovered a body believed to be Maddox Ritch off of Marietta Street/Old Dallas Highway in Gastonia.
Maddox’s parents have been notified of the discovery by law enforcement. Identification of the body will be done by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office.”