Mother: ‘I still have hope’ to find daughter

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The suspect who shot and killed himself was being investigated in connection to a missing woman and her 4-year-old son.

2 NEWS learned from police reports that Antwan Anderson, 26, was believed to be the last person seen with Nichelle McKnight and her 4-year-old son, Zaden McKnight.

“We were in the living room talking, my grandson was in here playing and the next thing I know she got a text message. Something crossed her phone and she grabbed their coats and they were gone,” Nichelle’s mother, Michelle Willliams, told 2 NEWS.

Williams said she never met Antwan Anderson, but has recently learned he and Nichelle may have been dating.

“Why was she so you know so secretive about this guy? Why wasn’t I able to meet this guy?” questioned Williams.

Court records show Anderson was a convicted felon who was sentenced to two years behind bars for felonious assault.

McKnight was a single mother who worked two jobs and just recently left the Air Force Reserves.

“Not even a week she’s been out of the military,” added Williams. “She’s responsible with my grandson. I mean none of this, this is not her.”

From a search warrant filed Monday for Anderson’s phone records, police found he was communicating with a Tonisha Harris.  Police said Anderson was giving McKnight’s financial information and passwords to Harris.

Harris was taken into custody Monday evening on charges of ID fraud and theft.

Police said they stopped Anderson in his car Monday while serving a felony warrant, and that Anderson jumped out of the car and ran.

Investigators told 2 NEWS Anderson pulled a gun, prompting the officer to draw his weapon and open fire. However, a coroner’s report confirms Anderson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The big fear for investigators now is that any information on where Nichelle and Zaden may be, died with Anderson Monday night.

“It’s bad. I still don’t know where my daughter is, but I still have hope. She had a son and now she don’t. It’s terrible and I want to know what happened.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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