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UPDATE: Police Identify Body as Missing Mom Nichelle McKnight; Search Continues for Son
HARRISON TWP -- After two days of searching the Stillwater River, the body of 25-year-old Nichelle McKnight was found Friday afternoon. There's still no sign of her 4-year-old son, Zaden.
The search for Zaden is far from over. Investigators tell us they've sent out an alert to all surrounding areas with waterways that connect to the river where his mother's body was found.
"While walking along the riverbank we observed what appeared to be the body of a deceased person," Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl explained at a press conference Friday.
Chief Biehl tells us an anonymous tip from someone who knew Antwan Anderson - the man police say was at the center of Nichelle's disappearance - led them to the Barrington Apartments in Harrison Township.
Detectives were able to identify McKnight on the scene. Police say her body had signs of intentional traumatic injury; clear signs of a homicide.
But there were no signs of 4-year-old Zaden.
"We saw no evidence his body was in the area," Chief Biehl explained. "We have every reason to believe the 4 year old is also not alive. I mean this is brutal. This is brutal."
An autopsy of Nichelle's body was expected to be performed Saturday morning, while detectives continue to look for her son.
"The public was actually helpful in alerting that this missing case was likely a homicide. So the public has been with us all along the way in this case."
Biehl said police are hoping someone will come forward again to help them find Zaden.
Investigators also plan to go back to the river when the water level decreases and do another search.
BREAKING -- Dayton police have identified the body found today behind some apartments as that of missing mom Nichelle McKnight. The 25 year old and her 4-year-old son Zaden were last seen on March 25.
Right now police say there was no evidence found to determine where Zaden is, but they presume he is dead also. Police are continuing their search for the boy, and are asking anyone who may have knowledge of where Zaden is or where his body might be to contact them. Police have alerted all jurisdictions along the Stillwater River to be on the lookout for any evidence.
Police say Nichelle's death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- The Dayton Fire Department has launched boats on the Stillwater River, near Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. This is near the area where police on Thursday were searching for Nichelle McKnight, 25, and her 4-year-old son, Zaden.
The Montgomery County Coroner's Office is on the scene as well, although police have not commented about the search.
We have news crews in the area and we'll bring you the very latest, as information becomes available.
BREAKING: Police Search Harrison Township Again for Missing Woman, Son
HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- Emergency crews and police are actively searching an area behind the Riverview Apartments on Riverside Drive.
This is near where police on Thursday were searching for the bodies of 25-year-old Nichelle McKnight and her 4-year-old son, Zaden.
Police brought a boat at the scene -- near the 4300-block of Riverside Drive and the Stillwater River.
Police say they suspect McKnight's boyfriend, Antwan Anderson, in her disappearance. He died Monday following a shootout with police.
Police say they had electronic evidence linking Anderson and a second suspect, Tonisha Harris, to recent crimes.
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