Camden County, Mo. authorities locate boy reported missing since October
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — A five-month search for a Missouri boy ended when he was found safe after his mother allegedly hid him in an attic crawl space during a custody dispute.
The Camden County Sheriff's office said 6-year-old Braedence Jones was found Tuesday in the crawl space, which was nailed shut and concealed in a home in rural Laclede County in southwest Missouri.
His mother, Aubrey Ferguson, and her boyfriend, Woodrow Ziegler, were arrested.
The sheriff's office said in a news release that Ferguson was in the crawl space with Braedence when officers found him.
The boy was returned to his father, who had court-ordered custody of the boy.
Ferguson was charged in August with child abduction.
Camden County officials said more charges are being sought against Ferguson and Ziegler.