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Police Search for Missing Woman, Child
DAYTON -- New developments in the search for a missing woman and her four-year-old son.
Dayton Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol combed Dayton Metropark Wegerzyn Gardens Thursday for 25-year-old Nichelle McKnight and son Zaden.
The two are feared dead, and the alleged suspect is Nichelle's recently deceased boyfriend, 26-year-old Antawn Anderson.
Investigators searched on the ground and surveyed from the air, focusing around the Stillwater River Trail inside the park.
Police said in a statement that were "looking for any obvious or potential evidence.
"Please help me find my daughter and grandson, please," said Nichelle's mother Michelle Williams.
She was alerted that her daughter and grandson were missing after Anderson died of a self inflicted gunshot after a chase with police.
Before he took his own life, police had been looking for Anderson in connection to the dissapearance.
Police say they have electronic evidence linking Anderson and a second suspect Tonisha Harris to the crime.
"It was his girl and her son, that's crazy," said DJ McDaniel, who was shocked the park was part of the police search.
"Look at this its a park- people walking. My wife's been coming for the past three years walking, you wouldn't ever think you'd see something like that," he said.
"I want them found... so I'm just waiting," Williams added.
Nichelle and Zaden were last seen on Homewood Avenue on March 25.
The aerial search was called off early Thursday afternoon, but Dayton Police say they will continue looking.
Police in a statement Thursday said, "the Dayton Police Department will use all investigative tools on behalf of the victims and the community."
Anyone with information is urged to call Dayton Police at 937-333-COPS.
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.
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