This photo provided by the FBI shows Maddox Ritch. Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton announced Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 that officials believed the body searchers found was that of Maddox Ritch. The boy’s father said he ran off from him as he and a friend walked at Rankin Lake Park last weekend. Ian Ritch said he couldn’t catch up with his son because he has neuropathy in his feet due to diabetes. (FBI via AP)
A teddy bear was left at the entrance to Rankin Lake Park in memory of Maddox Ritch, 6, by Robin and Rebekah Marshburn after Maddox’s body was found in a nearby creek Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Gastonia, N.C. Last Saturday, Maddox Ritch’s father, Ian Ritch, said the boy ran off from him and a friend at the park and disappeared before he could catch up to him. (Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette via AP)
The search for clues continues after authorities announced they had found a body believed to be that of a missing 6-year-old boy.