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The father of Maddox Ritch, the 6-year-old North Carolina boy who went missing on Saturday and whose body is believed to have been found, addressed his grief in an emotional Facebook post on Thursday night.
Maddox disappeared during a trip with his father, Ian Ritch, to Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, North Carolina. The young boy, who has autism and is nonverbal, had chased after a jogger, Ritch said.
The article goes on to state the following:
A search that involved the FBI, along with two dozen other agencies, uncovered a body believed to be Maddox’s in a creek near the park on Thursday afternoon.
“(T)oday I found out I’m not a dad anymore,” Ritch wrote on Facebook. “I had big plans with my son. I wanted us to go fishing, play ball, go camping. I wanted to be his hero. I wanted him to say I was more than Superman or Batman to him. I wanted people to ask him who his hero is and him say ‘my daddy.’ Now I’m no hero, I couldn’t save him or protect him at all.”
“I’m not a dad anymore”: Father of missing North Carolina boy writes emotional post https://t.co/l2TYQRUKm1
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 28, 2018
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— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc) September 27, 2018
We just interviewed Ian Ritch, father of missing 6yo #MaddoxRitch.
Ian told us Maddox out ran him at a park in Dallas, N.C, on Saturday after Ian says Maddox took off running after a jogger. Ian claims to have taken & passed 2 lie detector tests. More from him on @CBSEveningNews pic.twitter.com/hIv6Mn8YA6
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 26, 2018
FBI: There’s a lot of information that Maddox Ritch was where his family says he was & his movements were as the family alleges.
Fire Chief: Maddox’s body was found 1 mike east of the park. The area where the 6yo boy with autism was found dead was in an area previously searched. pic.twitter.com/l54qmeSINz
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 27, 2018