The father of a 6-year-old autistic boy found dead after a 5-day search speaks out: 'Today I found out I'm not a dad anymore'

Facebook/Gastonia Police Department/Business InsiderMaddox Ritch.
  • Ian Ritch, the father of Maddox Ritch, made his first public comments after his son was found dead.
  • “I had big plans with my son,” he wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “I wanted us to go fishing play ball go camping. I wanted to be his heroe [sic]. I wanted him to say i was more than superman or batman to him.”
  • Six-year-old Maddox was found dead Thursday after five days of searching.

Ian Ritch made his first public comments Friday after his 6-year-old son, Maddox, was found dead following a five-day search.

“Once sunday morning came thats when it startes [sic] me thinking i had something to worry about,” Ritch wrote on Facebook. “Now today i found out im not a dad anymore.”

Maddox Ritch, who was autistic and nonverbal, went missing Saturday in Gastonia, North Carolina. The search for him gripped the town, where members of the public volunteered to search for him. His parents, Carrie and Ian Ritch, pleaded for help at an emotional press conference on Tuesday.

Maddox Ritch was found dead Thursday by police, in a creek a mile from where he went missing.

“I had big plans with my son,” his father wrote on Facebook. “I wanted us to go fishing play ball go camping. I wanted to be his heroe [sic]. I wanted him to say i was more than superman or batman to him.”

You can read Ian Ritch’s full comments in his Facebook post below:

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According to People, the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s office has yet to determine the cause of death.

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