Police investigate near key scene in McKnight death

Birchwood search. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)
Birchwood search. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police cruisers were spotted near Birchwood and Fairview avenues Friday afternoon.

Officers could be seen talking to neighbors and walking around homes, most of them vacant.

Homicide detectives were also in the area.

They wouldn’t confirm why they were there or what they were doing.

But, this is near the home where Nichelle McKnight and her 4-year-old son Zaden were believed to have been killed. They were reported missing March 25.

Court documents revealed Thursday that homicide detectives found blood in the basement of the home at 23 Birchwood Avenue.

They also found personal belongings from both Nichelle and Zaden.

The woman who lives at the home, Tonisha Harris, is charged with using Nichelle’s debit cards.  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 killed Nichelle.  He killed himself April 7 after leading police on a short chase.

On April 11, Nichelle’s body was found on the banks of the Stillwater River.  She suffered from two gunshot wounds.

Friday, her loved ones laid her to rest at Greater Love Christian Church.

They kissed her casket to say one last goodbye and they hope to be able to Zaden’s casket once they find him.

“Just let her know that even though we can’t see her, we still love her and even though we can’t physically talk to her, we can express to her that we do miss her and we do love her and that she was really well appreciated when she was alive.  Now, the only goal, now, is to find Zaden,” says Jasmine Cade, Nichelle’s sister and Zaden’s aunt.

Police tell us a Crime Stoppers tip helped lead them to Nichelle’s body.

They hope someone will also come forward with information that helps them locate Zaden.

If you can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867 (STOP).

You don’t have to give your name and you could receive a reward.




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