Police: Jacob Caldwell, teen missing since father’s 2017 murder, found safe


Jacob Caldwell, a teen missing since witnessing his father’s shooting death in August 2017 has been located, according to Sugarcreek Twp. police. 

  • Teen had been missing since witnessing father’s shooting death in Riverside in 2017
  • Police: Jacob found after search warrant at Miami Twp., Montgomery County home
  • Investigators do not believe he was being held captive

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.:

Jacob Caldwell was found living in the basement of a Miami Twp. Home where four adults were also found residing, according to Sugarcreek Twp. Police Chief Michael Brown.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Billboards donated to help find teen missing since witnessing father’s murder

RELATED: FBI offers $15K reward for missing teen who saw father killed

The 15-year-old had not been seen since Aug. 21, 2017, six days after he witnessed the fatal shooting of his father, Robert Caldwell.

RELATED: Ex-wife, 5 others indicted in 2017 killing of Beavercreek man

Sugarcreek Twp. detectives had been working with the FBI in an effort to locate the teen.

Brown said his department received a call on Monday from a female who said she had information about where to find Jacob.

RELATED: Suspect in Riverside homicide arrested in South Carolina

Brown said the tip led to a search warrant being executed at a Miami Twp. home around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

"Four adults were inside, and we found Jacob in the basement. That appeared to be his primary area of sleeping," Brown said.

RELATED: Family pleas for help finding teen missing since father’s shooting death

Jacob was taken directly to the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center, where he is being held on an unruly charge from a previous runaway incident in Beavercreek, Brown said.

Brown said the four adults are associates of the family of Jacob's mother, Tawnney Caldwell, who is in jail facing a potential capital murder charge in relation to Robert Caldwell's death. He said two of the four adults provided useful information for the investigation.

Brown said Jacob's missing case was a daily priority for his department. The investigation involved daily contact with the FBI and two visits to Jacob's grandmother's home in Kentucky, he said.

"We always felt that he was fine … We had a really strong feeling that it was a family member who was involved in him being missing," Brown said.

Jacob appeared OK physically, and it does not appear that he was held against his will, Brown said.

"It was our understanding that he was not outside much. He's gone a year without school. He's gone a year without socializing with friends," Brown said. "There was no evidence of him being secured or locked in. I think he could have roamed throughout the house, if he wished."

Brown said they will be pursuing charges against the adults who may have helped Jacob disappear.

Surveillance video recorded the night Jacob disappeared showed the teen standing in front of a local Walmart, where he may have been picked up by someone in a pre-arranged meeting.

FIRST REPORT:

Jacob Caldwell, a teen missing since since witnessing his father’s shooting death in August 2017 has been located, according to Sugarcreek Twp. police. 

Jacob was found safe and unharmed overnight, police said, but additional details were not available from investigators. 

The location of Caldwell comes just days after 10 digital billboards along Interstate 75 displayed Caldwell’s picture and identifying information were donated to help locate the teen. 

Jacob disappeared two days after he and two of his younger brothers witnessed the shooting death of their father, Robert Caldwell, in a Riverside parking lot in August 2017. 

Since Jacob’s disappearance, family members and law enforcement agencies have issued public pleas and rewards for information on his whereabouts. 

Since Robert’s murder, six people, including his ex-wife have been indicted on charges connected to the shooting death. 

This is a developing story and this news outlet is working with police and other agencies for more details. We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more. 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Law enforcement ‘pings’ cellphone in search for Clark County fugitive
Law enforcement ‘pings’ cellphone in search for Clark County fugitive

Law enforcement looking for an accident victim off the road can ‘ping’ cell towers to help find that person more quickly to render aid. Cellphones, when they are on, emit signals, called pings, to cell towers. Police also can use that technology to search for fugitives, as in the case of Raymond Roberts. He is considered armed and...
Atlanta police sergeant awarded $100,000 after false DUI arrest in suburban county
Atlanta police sergeant awarded $100,000 after false DUI arrest in suburban county

An Atlanta police sergeant was awarded more than $100,000 of Forsyth County taxpayer money after a lawsuit was settled last week because he was erroneously arrested for a DUI, WSB-TV reported.  >> Read more trending news  In August 2017, Sgt. Paul Sparwath called 911 when he saw some teenagers acting suspiciously in his Forsyth County...
There have been 3 workplace shootings in 24 hours
There have been 3 workplace shootings in 24 hours

Three workplace shootings in three different states in a 24-hour period are putting American workers on edge. It seems it can happen anywhere these days and it does. >> Read more trending news  On Wednesday morning, a 43-year-old man showed up at the software company where he works outside Madison, Wisconsin, and opened fire. Four people...
Delta to launch facial recognition at check-in, boarding and other terminal locations
Delta to launch facial recognition at check-in, boarding and other terminal locations

Delta Air Lines plans to launch what it calls the nation’s first “biometric terminal” by deploying facial recognition at multiple points in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson. At the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal and Concourse F at the Atlanta airport, Delta plans to use facial recognition at check-in...
Lawsuit filed against bureau once headed by Cordray day after Dayton debate
Lawsuit filed against bureau once headed by Cordray day after Dayton debate

In a move which could impact the governor’s race between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray, two employees of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have charged they were discriminated against by officials of the bureau once headed by Cordray. The lawsuit charges that the consumer bureau “maintains a biased culture...
More Stories