Note: When will the public health community cry for a cure for autism to prevent these non-stop deaths by wandering and drowning? This is its own epidemic. Children who are drawn to water, can not speak, have no defensive, self-preservation skills are dying. I don't have stats, but I would would venture that more children have died from autism related wandering than measles in the last decade. (Let's start looking for that info.) The body of Maddox Ritch was (may have been) found. I hate how USA Today says he "RAN OFF FROM HIS FATHER," as if the boy was a naughty little imp. "Well, he RAN OFF, what do you expect?" Our kids bolt. Wander. Run. Meander. Explore. And they are as quiet as the drowning itself when they do so. Our hearts go out to this family. I've lost my girls. ALL THREE OF THEM. Gianna wandered away from a get together and went into a neighbor's house (we hadn't met) and jumped on their guest bed. Mia was lost at a 2200 acre Marriott in Orlando when she slipped out of an adjoining room hotel suite. Bella walked out the front door when I had failed to lock the screen for 1 minute having gotten Mia off the bus. She lumbered up the street toward the HIGHWAY that is across from my neighborhood. I saw her from my kitchen window and raced outside, running toward her screaming, "STOP BELLA PLEASE!!!" And she did not. She went right into the street at the exit. We are NOT BAD PARENTS. We are human.Oh, and get your flu shot. The world is very dangerously diseased.
GASTONIA, N.C. — Search crews found a body Thursday that they believe to be a 6-year-old autistic boy who ran off from his father at a park, police said.
The body was found around 1 p.m. ET Thursday about 4 miles from the park where Maddox Ritch of Gastonia last was seen, according to a statement from police in this city about 25 miles west of Charlotte, North Carolina. The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make the determination on the identity of the remains.
Maddox ran off Saturday as he, his father and a friend were walking along a paved trail in Rankin Lake Park, said the boy's father, Ian Ritch. Maddox had disappeared before his dad could catch up to him.
Both parents went before the media this week to plead for any information that would lead to the discovery of Maddox. On Wednesday, Ritch appeared on national television and at a news conference to repeat the pleas. Read more at USA Today.