Texas-based search organizations joins search for Zaden McKnight

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s been three months since the body of Nichelle McKnight was found, but her son remains missing.

Friends and family told me they’re doing everything in their power to make sure they find Zaden McKnight.

Saturday, they’ll be searching again, but this time a new crew could make a big difference.

The organizers, known as #teamZaden, has been manning the fort for several months.

But now, the Ohio Chapter of Texas Equusearch is joining the effort to find Michelle Williams’ grandson, Zaden McKnight.

“I’m at peace with it whatever way it goes. I’m happy that Texas Equusearch has taken on the responsibility and want to help us out and everything  I feel really great. I feel like this is the light at the end of the tunnel for us,” said Williams.

The Texas Equusearch team started their efforts back in 2000 and since have done more than a 1000 searches for those abducted, gone missing or even presumably dead.

Ohio Director Dave Rader told 2NEWS there’s a need for this type of work.

Often he says police departments don’t have enough resources to continue their investigations and search the grounds.

“There’s nothing wrong with another set of eyes coming in and going back over. Plus the river is down somewhat the river usually takes it will give back up at some point and time and with the weather being as good as it and the water being down this is the perfect example of — this is when we need to hit it hard,” said

Rader says it won’t be easy emotionally or even tactically to find Zaden.

He says the little boys small body makes it a more difficult task.

But despite that he’s as hopeful as McKnight’s grandmother.

We asked the grandma, “How do you think Nichelle would respond to the efforts that you guys have had in the past few months?’ ‘Oh my God! Well she would be smiling from ear to ear all at once, bujt she would be very very grateful and appreciative, as I am,” said the beaming grandma, with the smile she’s kept on for several weeks.

Loved ones will also be launching the #teamZaden Foundation tomorrow; they’ll be collecting back to school supplies for pre-K through fourth grade.

The search will begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday at the Daniel E. Pilarczyk Center, 1436 Needmore Road, Dayton, OH 45414.

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