A suspect in the family abduction of a boy in Camdenton has been charged in Laclede County.
Woodrow Ziegler of Richland is charged with hindering prosecution of a felony, a Class E felony. His bond has been set at $25,000, cash or surety.
The 41-year-old was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2019 when Laclede County deputies and US Marshals executed a search warrant on Highway N, looking for missing child Braedence Jones. The six-year-old from Bourbon, Mo. had been missing since Aug. 3, 2018 when Camdenton-based mother Aubrey Ferguson failed to return the child to father Ryan Jones, the court-ordered custodial parent.
Braedence was found hiding in a crawlspace in the attic of a residence on Highway N with his mother. The access to the space had been nailed shut and covered with furniture.
It is unclear how long they had been in the crawlspace or how often Braedence had been hidden there.
Braedence has been returned to his father’s care. Ferguson had previously been charged with felony child abduction. She is now being held in Camden County on a $200,000 cash or surety bond with bond conditions including no contact with Braedence.
Ziegler was listed as a suspect in Braedence’s disappearance in October when the Missouri State Highway Patrol issued an endangered person advisory in the case. The advisory was due in part at least to Ferguson’s known association with Ziegler, a felon and alleged drug user. Ziegler had been previously court-ordered to have no contact with Braedence due to these conditions.
Ziegler and Ferguson were reportedly seen together in the Iberia area in October but were not caught at that time.
Ryan Jones previously stated he believed Braedence’s abduction might be tied to the court order barring Ziegler from contact with Braedence, occurring around the same time frame.
The Lake Sun has made a records request with the Laclede County Circuit Clerk’s Office for the probable cause statement against Ziegler and are awaiting receipt of the court document for further information.
According to a followup press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Jan. 10, additional charges are being sought out of Laclede County and possibly Camden County.
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 assisted the Camden County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation as well as the Laclede County Detective Division and the United States Marshal’s Service Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force.