A six-year-old boy from Bourbon, Mo. who went missing from the Camdenton, Mo. area in August 2018 has been located safe by authorities.
Braedence Jones was reported missing on Aug. 3, 2018 by his custodial father Ryan Jones of Bourbon when Braedence was not returned from a visitation with his Camdenton-based mother Aubrey Ferguson.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol cancelled the endangered person advisory that was issued for Braedence Jones in October after he was located safe Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.
Lt. Arlyne Page with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Braedence was found safe in an attic in Laclede County.
His mother Aubrey Ferguson, wanted for felony child abduction, was also taken into custody along with Woodrow Ziegler, another suspect in the case. A felon and alleged drug user, he was court-ordered to not be around Braedence. Ziegler’s association with Ferguson and Braedence was one of the reason’s for the endangered person advisory.
Lt. Page said a search warrant was obtained for a residence in Laclede County based on information provided by the U.S. Marshal’s Service Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force. Working with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Laclede County Detective Division obtained the warrant for a residence on Highway N. Personnel from the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service conducted the search at 4:35 p.m.
The Laclede County Detective Division has been in frequent contact with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office in regards to the case due to sightings of the suspects in the City of Stoutland and in Laclede County, according to a press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.
Aubrey and Braedence were found hiding in a crawlspace in the attic. The crawl space had been nailed shut by Ziegler and the space was then covered and blocked by furniture.
Ferguson and Ziegler were arrested, and Braedence was returned to father Ryan Jones.
Ferguson is being held on a warrant for child abduction out of Camden County as well as a capias warrant out of Crawford County. Additional charges are being sought against Ferguson and Ziegler out of Laclede County and possibly Camden County.
According to Missouri Case.net, a state’s motion in Camden County court on Jan. 9 to designate Ferguson as a flight risk was granted. Bond was set at $200,000 cash or surety. All other bond conditions also remain in place including no contact with Braedence.
The Facebook page “Help Bring Braedence Home,” started recently by missing person activist Donna McIntyre and Becky Row Darby, posted a photo Tuesday night of the boy reunited with his father Ryan.
A post on the page stated, “I'm so honored that we can say he is home safe with his Daddy Ryan Jones and Breanne.” They asked that the community keep the family in their prayers as they begin the healing process.
Ryan Jones’ girlfriend Breanne Dominguez posted photos as well, commenting “OUR LITTLE BOY IS HOME. GOD IS SOOOO GOOD!!!! Thank you all for the prayers, shared, phone calls and etc. we don’t know how to thank everyone enough. Our hearts are so full of joy atm. Just thank you everyone…”
According to Lt. Page, Braedence was in “decent shape,” however there may be future issues for him related to the incident. She indicated Braedence would have to go back a grade because Ferguson did not have him in school for so long. Health professionals will also be checking on Braedence including possible counseling.
Page thanked everyone involved in helping find Braedence, including all of the county, state, federal and private organizations dealing with missing and exploited children. These entities included the Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, MIAC, the media, all other private organizations and the public. She also extended special thanks to the Laclede County Detective Division and the United States Marshals Service Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force.