Teen who vanished after witnessing his mom’s boyfriend gun down his father, found living in a family’s basement after more than a year in Dayton, Ohio
Jacob Caldwell, then 14, was with his younger brothers and dad Robert Caldwell on Aug 15, 2017 when the shooter opened fire, hitting and killing his Robert
Six days after the horrific shooting, Jacob fled, prompting a huge search effort with a $15,000 reward offered
A few days ago, ten digital billboards were set up along Interstate 75 in Ohio began displaying Caldwell’s missing posters to help locate the teen
Sugarcreek Township police confirmed Jacob was found safe on Monday night in south Dayton
Four adults live in home and the teen did appear to have been held forcibly, was free to move around the house, but did not go outside or socialize with other children
Robert Caldwell’s killer was later revealed to be Sterling Roberts, the boyfriend of his ex-wife Tawnney
Robert filed for divorce against Tawnney, 33, in 2011, shortly after he discovered she was running an escort website
Tawnney and Sterling Roberts both remain in jail, facing murder charges
Jacob Caldwell, who vanished after witnessing his dad’s murder has been found safe a year later, after a billboard campaign, police said
An Ohio teen who vanished after watching his father get murdered in front of him has been found safe a year later. Jacob Caldwell, was 14 when he vanished after watching his father get murdered in front of him. He has been found safe after a year-long billboard campaign.
Jacob Caldwell, 15, was with his younger siblings and dad Robert Caldwell, 35, in August of 2017 when a gunman opened fire, hitting and killing his father.
The shooter was later revealed to be Sterling Roberts, the new boyfriend of Robert Caldwell’s ex-wife Tawnney.
Tawnney, 33, who is Jacob’s mother, is currently in jail facing murder charges along with Roberts.
Missing teen Jacob Caldwell [L-R], was found safe on Monday night in south Dayton. Missing for a year, he was hiding ut in the family’s basement
Happy family: The victim Robert Caldwell [right], had moved on with new wife Candice [left]. The couple are seen in the picture with their two children. At the time he was locked in a custody battle with his ex Tawnney over their son Jacob who was 14 at the time
Jacob Caldwell, 14, was with his younger siblings and dad Robert Caldwell in August of 2017 when a gunman opened fire, hitting and killing his father.
The killing was later linked to Jacob’s mother Tawnney, who authorities say set up her boyfriend Sterling Roberts, to kill her ex-husband.
Six days after the horrific shooting, Jacob fled. Sugarcreek Township Police have just confirmed that Jacob was found safe on Monday night in south Dayton.
Authorities had also mounted search efforts across state borders and the FBI even offered a $15,000 reward.
In a news conference Tuesday morning, Chief Michael Brown, of the Sugarcreek Police Department, said a ‘very credible’ tip came in to the department from the billboards and at 11.30pm Monday night, his office served a search warrant at a home in Miami Township in Montgomery County.
Police found Jacob living in the basement, Fox 45 reported.
He did not appear to have been locked in and was free to move around the house, where there were four adults living, officers said. But Brown added that Jacob did not go outside or socialize with any other children.
Brown said the teen seemed ‘traumatized’ but physically healthy and is currently being held at Greene County Juvenile Detention Center.
It’s not yet clear what charges the adults living with Jacob will face.
‘It’s been on our mind every day,’ he said of the missing persons case, adding that investigators always had a ‘strong feeling that it was a family member involved in him being missing.’
Brown said Jacob was not abducted, but was encouraged by family members to run away.
Feds released the last photo of Jacob after he went missing in August 2017
Sugarcreek police said the found Jacob living in the family’s basement after a ‘credible tip’ from the billboards
Robert Caldwell was walking out of a counselors office with his three kids on August 15, 2017, when he was shot numerous times in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sterling Roberts, was arrested a few days later after police chased him to South Carolina.
Roberts and Tawnney had recently started a family after Tawnney and Robert Caldwell’s divorce. Tawnney was arrested in March this 2018 and charged with murder and aiding and abetting Roberts.
prosecutors said Roberts was the trigger man, but Tawnney created the plot.
Robert Caldwell [left], seen with new wife Candice, is believed to have been killed as part of a custody battle with his ex-wife Tawnney
The victim’s mother Sally DeThomas told Fox 45: ‘He got custody and he got them July 21 and he was being buried a month later.
‘So I think that seems to be pretty obvious with that.’
Robert and Tawnney reportedly, started their divorce in 2011, shortly after he discovered she was allegedly running an escort website. The victim’s brother who emphasised that th escort website was the final straw recalls that the pair were deeply in love until that trust shattering discovery.
Both had moved on since the divorce, and Robert had married his new wife Candice Caldwell with whom he shared two young sons. According to Candice, after she tied the knot with her new husband, Tawnney changed and became more aggressive.