Sisters want answers after new revelations in Dayton mother’s murder

Mother killed, son still missing three years later (WDTN)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Nichelle McKnight’s sisters still have more questions than answers.

Nichelle’s body was discovered along the Stillwater River in Harrison Township last week.  The 25-year-old was shot twice.

Her 4-year-old son Zaden’s body still hasn’t been found.  Dayton Police believe he is dead.

As the family gets ready to lay NIchelle to rest Friday, they are horrified to learn new details about her killing.

According to an affidavit obtained by 2 NEWS, Dayton homicide detectives believe Nichelle and Zaden were  murdered in the basement of the home at 23 Birchwood Avenue.

It states that detectives found blood as well as the shoes McKnight was wearing when she disappeared, her driver’s license, bank cards and social security cards for both her and her son.

“It’s really frustrating because it’s like dang you find out every day, wow my sister went through that, oh I didn’t know she was in this location. What did you all do to her, where did you all take her?” asks Nichelle’s sister Jessica Cade.

Questions police believe now only Tonisha Harris may be able to answer.

The 29-year-old is being held in jail, accused of stealing from Nichelle.

However, she isn’t charged in connection with Nichelle’s murder.

The two women were reportedly dating the same man, Antwan Anderson.  Police believe he is the one who pulled the trigger, killing Nichelle.

He killed himself April 7 after leading police on a short chase.

Nichelle’s family hopes that Harris will help them bring their nephew home.

“I would ask for her to open up her mouth and talk, and tells us where our nephew is because he’s only a baby,” says Nichelle’s sister Jasmine Cade.

A Crime Stoppers tip helped police find Nichelle’s body and they hope a tip can help them again.

If you have any information that may help police find Zaden, call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867 (STOP).

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