FBI joins search for missing North Carolina 6-year-old with special needs


GASTONIA, N.C. — More than two dozen agencies, including the FBI, are teaming up in the desperate search for the missing 6-year-old boy with special needs.

According to Gastonia Police, Maddox Ritch was last seen at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia Saturday afternoon. Prior to his disappearance, he was last seen with his father and another adult.

Authorities said Ritch has autism and is nonverbal. He is listed at about four feet and weighs about 45 pounds. He is also described as having blonde hair and blue eyes.

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