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FBI Reports Body of Missing Six Year Old Boy With Autism has Been Found

Maddox was last seen at Rankin Lake Park on Saturday with his father.

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Authorities have released a statement, that they found a body in North Carolina believed to be a 6-year-old boy with autism who went missing, said on Twitter, Thursday. The boy’s father said his son, Maddox Ritch, disappeared Saturday as they were walking in Rankin Lake Park, North Carolina.

The father, Ian Ritch, has stated to authorities that his son ran ahead, chasing down a passing jogger. Maddox was about 25 to 30 feet away when he broke into a sprint. Children with autism are often prone to wandering or bolting away, and Ritch stated that often times, Maddox runs ahead of him but would usually slow down and stop to give him time to catch up.

The FBI and over 300 officers searched the 240-acre park, including a draining part of the lake to better see the shoreline.

This story is developing. 

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Erin Whitten is currently CMN's Senior Correspondent and is currently a student at Arizona State University majoring in Mass Communications and Media Studies.

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