Police: Body in river a false alarm

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton homicide detectives concluded the possible discovery of a body at a Five Rivers Metropark Thursday afternoon was a false alarm.

They were searching an area along the Stillwater River that runs past the Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark.

That’s where a fisherman snagged something that he believed to be human remains.

After working to remove it from the water, officers found it to be a rock on top of a shopping cart and a tube sock.

Before that was successfully pulled from the water,  Assistant Chief of Police Robert Chabali said “it appears to be a body and it appears to be small.”

This is the same area where police have searched for the body of Zaden McKnight, the 4-year-old boy who disappeared with his mother in late March.

There was much speculation that had this been a body, I was going to be Zaden’s.

“Well it’s very disappointing,” Chabali said. “obviously I said earlier it’s tragic and emotional.  We always hope that we find closure by finding the body of Zaden McKnight.  Unfortunately it’s not but it goes to show you hat we will never stop.”

The body of Nichelle McKnight, Zaden’s mother, was found on the banks of the Stillwater River April 11. She had been shot twice.

Police believe Antwan Anderson killed Nichelle. He killed himself April 7 after leading police on a short chase.

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