Federal agents now involved in search for Maddox Ritch, missing North Carolina 6-year-old with special needs

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Gastonia police chief says every second counts in the case of a missing child with special needs.

Chief Robert Helton told WSOC their goal is to bring 6-year-old Maddox Ritch home safe and sound.

Now, more than a dozen local, state and federal agencies are involved, including the FBI.

Search dogs are roaming around the area near Rankin Lake, where Maddox was last seen.

Search boats are checking the lake with divers and sonar devices, while family members have been...

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