Missing Special Needs Boy Is Found Dead In North Carolina
(Gastonia, NC) — A nearly week-long search for a missing special needs boy in North Carolina has come to a tragic end. Authorities believe they found the body of six-year-old Maddox Ritch in a creek near the park in Gastonia where he disappeared last week. Maddox has nonverbal autism and got lost after running ahead of his father. Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton choked up as he announced the tragic news yesterday, saying it was not the outcome they were hoping for. He said he, the search crews and the entire community are heartbroken at the loss.
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