Massive search under way in North Carolina for missing child with autisim

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

According to police in Gastonia, North Carolian, Maddox Ritch was last seen at Rankin Lake Park 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.

Ritch was last seen wearing an orange shirt with the writing “I’m the man” on the front.

“Maddox’s family has been interviewed and is working closely with us,” said Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton. “At this time, they ask for privacy and prayers. Every second counts when a child is missing. Our focus is to find Maddox as quickly as possible and to bring him home.

The FBI arrived in Gastonia Sunday to help local law enforcement with the search.

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