Search continues for missing North Carolina boy with autism

‘I want my baby back’: Search intensifies for 6-year-old who vanished during family walk

‘I want my baby back’: Search intensifies for 6-year-old who vanished during family walk

However he says Maddox then began running faster, and despite running after him, the father says he wasn't able to catch him and soon lost sight of him.

The boy, who went missing in Gastonia, North Carolina, US, suffers from autism and is non-verbal.

Despite adding new investigators and agents to the hundreds of people already sifting through lakes, landfills and even dumpsters in search of the missing boy-including an elite team of Federal Bureau of Investigation divers with specialized equipment-Maddox has still not been found.

"It's been almost 75 agonizing hours since 6-year-old Maddox Ritch disappeared", Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said. Maddox was reported missing from Rankin Lake Park on Saturday.

Ian told Good Morning America: "He got out of my view, and that is whenever I never seen him again [sic]".

Police believe Maddox may have wandered off into the woods, or fallen into the park's lake. He just made a decision to take off from me and I let him go a little bit because he likes running so I didn't think nothing of it.

Authorities said they are investigating all possibilities into what led to Maddox's disappearance. His parents have been notified.

Maddox is 4 feet tall and weighs 45 pounds.

The FBI previously said it had evidence Maddox was at the park Saturday, but did not specify what that evidence was.

Gastonia Police Department said a body had been found off Marietta Street and Old Dallas Highway in Gastonia.

"Usually when he takes off running he'll slow down and stop for me to catch up on him".

His mother, Carrie Ritch, told reporters Tuesday that her son loves Bouncy Balls, the park and his teddy bear. I feel guilty because I can go to a house and lie down on the bed.

They asked that any jogger at Rankin Lake Park on Saturday call them using a special tip line: 704-869-1075. The father, surrounded by law enforcement officers as he spoke to the media during a daily press conference, said Saturday was his first visit to the park. A nearby jogger, who police have yet to identify, seemed to trigger young Maddox to start running fast, the father said.

Speaking with CBS News, Ritch admitted, "I mean, I know I'm the number one suspect when it starts". Maddox was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with the words "I am the man", along with black shorts and closed-toe sandals.

Ritch's father, the last person to see him, told investigators Maddox wandered off while walking around a lake. "Even if you think you don't think you can help, please call us and let us decide if your information can help us".

The FBI announced Tuesday that a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that helps find Maddox. And that's whenever I took off running after him. "I just want to say". He has blond hair and blue eyes.

"We need to know if you saw our blond-haired boy with the orange shirt", Helton said. No piece of information is too small.

Helton added: "If you live near the park, we are asking that you search the areas around your homes for any clues to find Maddox".

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