Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Zaden McKnight was last seen on March 25, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. He went missing along with his mother, Nichelle McKnight.
His mother's remains were discovered by police on April 11, 2014, near the Stillwater River bank, but McKnight or his body have never been found. He is presumed dead.
McKnight's boyfriend, 26-year-old Antwan Anderson, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a shootout with police. Police had asked him to come in so they could question him about McKnight and her son, but he did not respond to the request.
Police believe Anderson killed McKnight and his mother in the home of another woman, Tonisha Harris, on Birchwood Avenue. Police found blood in the basement of Tonisha Harris’s home during a search in early April 2014. They believe that is where McKnight and her son were murdered. They also found McKnight’s driver’s license and bank cards at Harris’s Birchwood Avenue home. They also found McKnight’s shoes and her and Zaden McKnight’s Social Security cards.
Harris was sentenced in November 2015 to three years in prison. She had been charged with tampering with evidence, failure to report a crime and gross abuse of a corpse for her role in the killing of McKnight and his mother. She pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and failure to report a crime.
Prosecutors allege Harris and Anderson formed a relationship and together stole thousands from McKnight’s accounts, for which Harris later was found guilty and served a 10 month sentence.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Dayton Police Department (Ohio)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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