Six-year-old Maddox Ritch remains missing despite hundreds of trained searchers looking for him and police following up on more than 250 leads over the past five days.
The city of Gastonia is conducting a reverse 911 call to residents in the effort to find people who were at Rankin Lake Park on Saturday.
"It didn't look as though, they were that concerned", Foxx said of the boy's father, CBS News reported. "I've worked here nearly three years and we see everybody come in and out of that park pretty much". Maddox was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with the words "I am the man", along with black shorts and closed-toe sandals. "I feel guilt for letting him get so far ahead of me before I started running after him", Ritch said.
Ritch said he passed everything in his pockets off to his friend and took off running after Maddox, but having diabetic nueropathy in his feet, he was unable to catch up. "He got a little too far away from me", Ian Ritch said in an interview (see video at end of this article).
FBI Supervisor Jason Kaplan told reporters during a news conference that Maddox's parents had recorded messages for crews to play while they searched for him. "Every time it gets dark at night I burst into tears because I'm thinking, 'My little boy is out there alone.' The longer [the search is] going the harder it gets because I'm so anxious".
"It's been torture. I'm not eating. I'm just anxious about getting my little boy back".
"We feel very confident that a lot of the information they have provided us is accurate", Kaplan said. Maddox then went on a major sprint after and never stopped for Ian Ritch and his adult friend.
Ian Ritch, Maddox's father, spoke to the media about his son's disappearance. "I thought after the first night, he would be fine".
"If he's lost in the woods, he'll be able to hear those messages played, and we're hoping that he'll come to the words of his mother and his father", Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisory special agent Jason Kaplan said at a news conference Monday, according to CNN. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information related to Maddox's whereabouts.
"Hundreds of people were there and we have only spoken to a few dozen", he said.
Maddox, who has autism, reads and talks all the time at home, his father told "Good Morning America".
Mother Carrie Ritch issued a tearful plea Tuesday for help finding the special needs boy. "I regretted it since the moment it happened".
This special team had different sonar equipment that had been used in previous searches and they have specialized training to locate even the smallest possible piece of evidence underwater.
Another 67 law enforcement investigators, agents, analysts and other personnel joined the search Wednesday, bringing the total number to 330, police said.
Anyone with information about Maddox can call authorities at 704-869-1075.
The 911 call was released Wednesday to the public after a park employee contacted police.