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FBI asks for help in serching for 6-year-old North Carolina autistic and mute boy
FBI,  help, serch,  6-year-old, Maddox Ritch, North Carolina, autistic, mute boy,  Rankin Lake Park, Charlotte, police,

Federal authorities have joined a massive search effort for a missing 6-year-old boy with autism who was last seen at a North Carolina park Saturday.

A 6-year-old North Carolina boy mysteriously vanishes after going to a local park with his father.  The search for 6-year-old Maddox Ritch ramped up on Sunday as the FBI joined more than two dozen local and state law enforcement agencies to look for the boy.

Maddox Ritch, who has non-verbal autism, was last seen Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rankin Lake Park, located about 20 miles west of Charlotte.

One of Ritch's parents and two other adults were walking on the backside of the lake at the park when Maddox took off running and got out of their sight. When the group of adults weren't quickly able to locate the 6-year-old, they called 911.

Since Saturday, authorities have searched more than 1,400 acres around the Rankin Lake Park using a helicopter. At least 24 local and state law enforcement agencies and more than 100 volunteers are helping with the search, according to the Gastonia Police Department.

"We know a lot of people were in the park and we have spoken to many of them, but we have not spoken to everyone," Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said at a news conference. "No piece of information is too small. Something you may think is insignificant could be helpful to our case.”

Maddox was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with “I am the man” printed on the front, and black shorts. He is around four-feet tall and has blonde hair and blue eyes.

“We’re going to explore all possibilities, including abduction,” FBI added, but authorities are going to make sure that every inch of land around here is checked and the boy is not simply lost.

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