A Camden County deputy is being recognized for his efforts in helping locate a boy who went missing from the Camdenton area and was recently found safe.

On Aug. 12, 2018, Deputy Daniel Strom took a report for the parental kidnapping of Braedence Jones, age 6, by his biological mother, Aubrey Ferguson. 

In October 2018, an endangered person advisory was issued for Braedence due to Ferguson’s suspected association with Woodrow Ziegler despite a court order for Ziegler not to have any contact with Braedence. Ziegler is a felon and alleged drug user.  

A sighting in the Iberia area during that time period didn’t lead to Braedence’s discovery.

According to a press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, there were many hurdles to overcome and disappointments along the way in this investigation. But for five months, Strom pursued the case, never giving up.  

On Jan. 8, 2019, Braedence was located safe at a residence in Laclede County. The press release credited the discovery largely to interdepartmental communication, cooperation and the tenacity of Strom.

Ferguson and Ziegler were arrested at the residence where Ferguson and Braedence were found concealed in an attic crawlspace that had been nailed shut and covered up. Ferguson is charged with felony child abduction, Ziegler with felony hindering the prosecution of a felony. Additional charges could still be forthcoming.