Crime Stoppers join the search for Zaden McKnight

Crime Stoppers joins the search for Zaden McKnight. (Photo/Michelle McKnight)
Crime Stoppers joins the search for Zaden McKnight. (Photo/Michelle McKnight)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Crime Stoppers is joining the search for Zaden McKnight, the young boy believed killed alongside his mother.

Zaden loved to play in his mini police cruiser, a Christmas present from his grandmother, but now “Officer McKnight” as he called himself, is the subject of a real-life investigation.

Police continue to search for him along the river in Harrison Township, the same place his mother’s body was found.

“Once all of that is done, I believe that I can rest and most likely Nichelle can rest,” said Michelle Zaden, Zaden’s grandmother.

Dayton police say Crime Stoppers tips have been instrumental in the investigation to this point and they’re hoping you come through one more time.

“I think there are people out there that know because there have been calls on this case up to this point. So, 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,” said Cayce Cantrell, Crime Stoppers.

To report a tip, call 222-7867. 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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