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Deputies: Missing Camden County boy found in attic crawl space nailed shut, arrests made

Aubrey Ferguson and Woodrow Ziegler were arrested in connection with a boy that was reported missing in October. (Camden County Sheriff's Office)

The five-month search for a boy reported missing ended after he was found safe Tuesday, and his mother and her boyfriend were arrested.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol canceled an endangered person advisory after 6-year-old Braedence Jones was found in Laclede County. According to the Camden County Sheriff's Office, the US Marshals Service obtained a search warrant for a residence in Laclede County on Highway N.

Aubrey Ferguson, Braedence's mother, and her boyfriend, Woodrow Ziegler, were arrested Tuesday after they were accused of hiding the boy in an attic crawl space that had been nailed shut and concealed. Ferguson was with the boy in the crawl space when law enforcement discovered the child.

The Patrol had issued the advisory in October after his father had court-ordered custody of Jones, but the mother, Aubrey Ferguson, refused to return him to his father. Several attempts were made to contact Ferguson, who was eventually charged and given a bond of $200,000.

Online court records stated the charge was filed Aug. 12, 2018. Ferguson also had a Capias warrant out of Crawford County.

No charges were filed yet for Ziegler, but the Camden County Sheriff's Office stated that additional charges were being sought out of Laclede and possibly Camden counties.

The MSHP Missing Persons Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, MIAC, the Laclede County Detective Division and the US Marshals Service Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force assisted in the investigation.

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