ABC 22 News Team
- Amber Watson
- Christian Hauser
- Elyse Coulter
- Jason Puhr
- Kelly May
- Kristine Frazao
- Natalie Clark
- Natasha Williams
- Nicole Grigg
- Rhonda Moore
- Ann Reynolds
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.
City In Crisis
Miami Valley Crime StoppersIf you have information about a crime that has occurred, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP) 800-637-5735, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.
Border CrisisGet the latest developments on the border control issue!
Chefs CornerWe often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes. Watch those video segments on this page.
Pay It ForwardElk & Elk, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
Health Care ReformThe Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
Town HallJoin in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
No Text ZoneTexting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
Washington TimesPolitics, Breaking News, US and World News.
On Time TrafficGet the latest traffic information and updates here!
School ClosingsGet the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
Save Local TVFind out how you can save local TV right here!
Raw NewsWatch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
Pump PatrolFind the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
Political PulseArmstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
News LinksThese links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
On the MoveGet the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
Good MorningIt's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
Top StoriesGet up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
Your Voice. Your Future.As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
Waste WatchHow are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Slovakia's finance minister says the eurozone finance ministers have agreed not to have any more talks on aid to Greece before the country holds its referendum on Sunday.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
JENNIFER GARNER AND BEN AFFLECK GETTING DIVORCED
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's splitsville for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.
DENVER (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is looking for some green from the pot biz.
IN THE NEWS: US COURT AGREES APPLE VIOLATED ANTITRUST LAW IN E-BOOK ENTRY
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple says a federal appeals court's conclusion that it violated antitrust law when it entered the electronic books market does nothing to change the fact it did nothing wrong.
Tonight on ABC 22
6:30 pm ..... ABC World News
7:00 pm ..... Family Feud
7:30 pm ..... Family Feud
8:00 pm ..... The Middle
8:30 pm ..... The Goldbergs
9:00 pm ..... Modern Family
9:30 pm ..... Blackish
10:00 pm ... Celebrity Wife Swap
11:00 pm ... ABC 22 News at Eleven
11:30 pm ... Jimmy Kimmel Live
12:30 am ... Nightline