Family pleads for answers to find missing boy

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Days after a mother’s body was found on the banks of the Stillwater River, her young son remains missing.

Nichelle and Zaden McKnight’s family made a plea on Tuesday for anyone with information to call in so they can bring Zaden home.

“Once all of that is done, I believe that I can rest,” said Michelle Williams.

Officers found Williams’ daughter, Nichelle McKnight’s body along a river in Harrison Township last Friday.  Coroners say she was shot twice in the head.

Investigators say they fear 4-year-old Zaden may also have been killed but, so far his body has not been found.

Dayton Police said anonymous Crime Stoppers tips have been instrumental in the investigation and they hope the community can help again.

“I think there are people out there that know, because there have been calls on this case up to this point,” said Detective Cayce Cantrell with the Dayton Police Department.  “I think there are still those out there that have that last little bit of information that we need to bring this little boy home.”

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867.

“I just need to know whether good or bad, whatever God’s will. We’re staying hopeful and we’re staying prayerful to the last word,” added Williams. 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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