Police make public plea to find missing boy

Nichelle McKnight and child both missing.  (WDTN Photo)
Nichelle McKnight and child both missing. (WDTN Photo)

HARRISON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) –  The Dayton Police Department confirms that a body found along the riverbank in Harrison Township is that of Nichelle McKnight.  The department is now investigating her death as a homicide.  An autopsy will be completed Saturday.  At the same time, their efforts switch gears now to find her missing 4-year-old son.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says police received a Crime Stoppers tip that the suspect, Antwan Anderson, was often seen at an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Riverside Drive in Harrison Township.  That information from the public triggered an all day investigation of the property and along the Stillwater River behind it.

McKnight search
WDTN Photo/Josh Ames

Police did find her body along the riverbank behind the Riverview Apartments, the same area where they searched by helicopter on Thursday to no avail. 

Chief Biehl says there is no sign of McKnight’s 4-year-old son, Zaden.  “We have every reason to believe the 4-year-old is also not alive.  I mean this is brutal.  This is brutal,” said Police Chief Richard Biehl.

The chief once again asked for the public’s assistance in finding him.  He also contacted police with jurisdictions along the river to keep an eye for young Zaden.  Police say the boy was last seen wearing a t-shirt with a truck on the front, jeans, a yellow and blue coat, “Lightning McQueen” cartoon velcro shoes and a “Despicable Me Minions” yellow toboggan.

Detectives have been actively searching for McKnight and her son since Anderson shot himself earlier this week after a short pursuit with police.   Another woman is charged with trying to steal her identity.

Call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867 or the Dayton Police Department at 333-1079  if you have any information.





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