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Officials Continue to Search for Missing Zaden
DAYTON -- Police and fire crews, Ohio Natural Resources representatives and Task Force One volunteer rescue dogs searched the Stillwater and Great Miami River on Thursday (April 25) for missing 4-year-old Zaden McKnight.
"We have reason to believe because of the investigation that something terrible happened to him," said Dayton Police Lt. Wendy Stiver. "We are using all available resources and exhausting all possibilities in the search."
McKnight has been missing since March 25. Police believe his mother, Nichelle, was shot by her boyfriend, Antwan Anderson, before she was dumped along the bank of the Stillwater River. Police are following leads that Zaden may be near the river as well.
"The search coordinators will work together to check all logical areas to exhaust all possibilities and work till they come to a logical conclusion or a reason to stop," Stiver said.
The search has been difficult lately because of high water levels in the rivers.
"It's not necessarily muddy but it's very murky and very difficult to see anything more than 1-foot deep," said Wilfred Vanbreukelef, who rows in the Stillwater on a regular basis.
"We've had very high water and there's a good chance it's gone over the dam and gone," he said.
So far, the search hasn't revealed anything.
"Time is a critical part in any investigation," Stiver said.
Anyone with information about Zaden's whereabouts should call Dayton Police at 937-333-2677 (COPS).
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